Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Psa 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.” How often have I heard those words spoken in the congregations I have attended.
The word Shalom is taken as simply meaning Peace. When you greet someone with the word we are told that it means we are wishing peace for them.
Imagine my surprise when I heard that Shalom and Salem are one and the same, that is they both mean peace.
I knew Salem was a place in Israel and that in the time of Abraham, Melchizedek was the King of Salem and described as a Priest of the Most High God. Salem is what we now call Jerusalem. We are told in Scripture that Melchizedek, a Priest, met up with Abraham in Salem where they shared bread and wine.
[Note the sharing of bread & wine – like the Christian communion services.]
Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
The name Melchizedek means King of Righteousness.
In the Book of Hebrews we are told that after his resurrection, Yeshua is a High Priest “after the order of Melchizedek.” [Heb 6:19-20]
King of Salem
Yeshua and Melchizedek are both called King of Salem, or Shalom: King of Peace. They were both Priests of the Most High God.
Melchizedek, a King of Righteousness and Yeshua, a Prince of Peace were both Kings of Salem, what is now called Jerusalem.
As for Melchizedek, within the Bible we’re told he was without beginning or end. It’s like saying no one knows where he came from or where he went. There’s a mystery about him and unless you study the entire Bible you will not know that there is this connection as regards Yeshua.
Yet Melchizedek cannot be God the Father. He was the “priest of that Most High God.” Scripture says no man has ever seen the Father (John 1:18, 5:37), but Abraham saw Melchizedek. He cannot be God the Father, but rather, “made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3).
As a Christian I studied a lot and the churches I attended primarily focused on the New Testament. It wasn’t until I became a member of the Messianic fellowship that I became involved in the in-depth study of the Old Testament.
I remember saying to someone that it was like all the organizations I’d belonged too gave me all of the makings of the roof of the house, but forgot to lay the foundation. My knowledge of the NT was without a foundation.
The OT points to the NT and the NT points to the OT. You simply can’t have a complete house without both.
Melchizedek pointed to Yeshua and Yeshua pointed to Melchizedek.
Shalom is more then just peace; it is a complete peace. The word Shalom gives a blessing that conveys a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony.
The following information has been taken from a site The Refiners Fire. The information further enhances my position, and hopefully will convince you of the need to search deep into the meaning of any word if you want to know its true depth and richness. It is one of the reasons I wanted to so desperately study Hebrew and attended a Synagogue in Toronto. It makes your life so much richer.
Each letter of every word has its own meaning and when combined there is a richness beyond the accepted singular meaning.
Each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet has a special meaning and a story to tell. The Hebrew letters spelling the word “shalom” are Shin Lamed Vav Mem sofit. Taken together, and reading from right to left, they spell SHALOM.
- SHIN is the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it has a numerical value of 300. SHIN means TOOTH, YEAR, REPEAT, TEACH. SHIN makes the sound SHHHHHH when the DOT is on the right, and SSSS when the DOT is on he left. Shin is one of 7 letters which may be adorned with Tagin, or little crowns, in the Torah, Tefillin or Mezzuzah scroll.
- LAMED is the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has a numerical value of 30. Lamed makes a sound like the L in Like. Lamed means both TO LEARN and TO TEACH. The Lamed is the tallest and most majestic of all the letters. Since LAMED means LEARNING, it would seem that this would constitute a direct connection between LAMED, LEARNING and YHWH.
- VAV is the 6th letter, has a numerical value of 6, and is constructed of a single vertical line. Vav means HOOK and makes a sound like the V in Victory. When used as a vowel, Vav can sound like a long o or a long u. Translated it means AND. It is the GREAT CONNECTOR. Vav appears in the Four Letter name of YHWH our Elohim – Yud Hey Vav Hey.
- MEM is the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has a numerical value of 40. Mem makes a sound like the M in Middle. But according to the ancient kabbalistic text Sefer Yetzirah, the MEM hummmmmms! Mem is usually associated with the word mayim – WATER or Eemah – MOTHER. Mem is composed of a Caf (20) and a Vav (6) = 26, which have the same GEMATRIA as the Yud (10) Hey (5) Vav (6) Hey (5) = 26, name of God – the holiest of Name of God. The first word in Torah is Bereshit, meaning: A BEGINNING. If you divide Bereshit into bara and sheet, it means HE CREATED SIX (sheet is 6 in Aramaic) Six what? The 6 days in which creation was completed (Zohar 1:3b. 13)….