Names of God – Pt 19
“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10
Sar Shalom – Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
As we continue this week with the Names of God we find one more in the beautiful prophecy in Isaiah 9:6, and it is the most comforting of Names, “SAR SHALOM – PRINCE OF PEACE.”
Many wonder today why the world is full of chaos and brokenness if God is “SAR SHALOM – PRINCE OF PEACE” and Christ came to reveal that to us. We speak and sing about it at CHRISTmas but then often fail to experience it in our day-to-day lives or see it as people, marriages, families, even churches, and the world crumbles around us.
None of this changes the Truth that God in Christ is “SAR SHALOM – PRINCE OF PEACE.” Oswald Chambers reflects that often those in the world see Christians and wonder why they don’t face the same difficulties and struggles that others do, i.e., why they seem to be always at peace? However, when we peel back the layers and see that the Christian’s life is made up very much of the same day-to-day struggles and trials, others begin to wonder where the peace comes from? What a great testimony!
Jesus Himself stated as “SAR SHALOM – PRINCE OF PEACE” that He had come to give us peace (John 14:27; 16:33) but explicitly stated that it would not be the kind of peace (everything has to be calm…no chaos) that the world gives and clamors for. We live in a fallen, broken world among fallen, broken people. The only peace that does any good is the reconciliation that Christ came to give us…to put us back into a relationship with God. When you know and are by faith, firmly in the relationship…that is SHALOM or PEACE!
Jesus as “SAR SHALOM – PRINCE OF PEACE” also stated that He did not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34)!?! How do we reconcile these statements? Simply put, Jesus knew that the “peace” of the world was false and that He had to bring a sword against any and all “peace” (false sense of peace) that was rooted in the world and flesh so we could know the peace of being reconciled to God…true peace in “SAR SHALOM – PRINCE OF PEACE!”
This is why He came. Do you seek for a peace that can never be found in this world? Or are you receiving the Shalom (wholeness) of Christ that freely gives you a relationship with Him and God The Father…this is the only true peace.
I pray that you know Him and know Peace today. Let Him strike down every peace in this world that is not of Him and rooted in His Truth and Love so you can know His real Shalom and the Peace that comes with it!
Moshel – Ruler (Micah 5:2)
We have wrapped up the four beautiful and royal Names of God (and Christ) found in Isaiah 9:6, there are still precious Names that reveal His Truth and Love character to us especially at CHRISTmas.
Today we look at another incredible prophecy in Micah 5:2 in which God as “MOSHEL” or Ruler, in this case over Israel. Micah prophesied that out of Bethlehem would come a ruler over Israel (Moshel).
In Matthew 2:4-6 we see the fulfillment of this prophecy in Christ as that “MOSHEL” or ruler over Israel!
What an incredible story that God weaved throughout history and with the people, leaders, towns and times to bring about His perfect Son in His perfect timing and plan for our salvation (Galatians 4:4).
The question in all of this remains…Is Jesus the Ruler of your life? If not I pray that you will seek Him and seek out someone to help you know Him as Savior and Lord.
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – I Am That I Am (Exodus 3:14)
As we think about all these incredible Names of God and what they mean to us as we seek to know God more and more, there is one Name that perhaps stands out above all the others…if that is possible. This Name is revealed in the Old Covenant and it encompasses all that God is. It is given to Moses in Exodus 3:14 when He asks for God to give Him a Name he can share with the Israelites because they will ask and want to know His Name.
God’s reply is simple and profound, mysterious and comforting, powerful and all-encompassing. He declared “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – I Am That I Am.” Even more encouraging is that it is also translated, “I Will Be What I Will Be” meaning that He truly is our All in All! That’s what He was declaring to Moses and to the Israelites and that has never changed. That is who He is to us today!
John in his unique and enlightening gospel account brings this Name of God to us in Christ in John 1:1, 14. John tells us that The Word (Logos – another name for God/Christ as the creative and self-existent Word that created and sustains all) was with God and was God and has always existed with and as God…”Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – I Am That I Am!”
How awesome that John would reveal to us in His version of the “CHRISTmas” story that God in Christ and Jesus as God was, is and always will be our All in All…I Am That I Am…I Will Be What I Will Be!
Are you struggling and searching for meaning and purpose in your life? Our Great God in Jesus our Savior and Lord can satisfy all you will ever need.
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – Sar Shalom – The Prince of Peace gives us a peace that passes understanding because it is a wholeness or completeness found only in Him…even in the midst of the chaos. Moshel or Ruler declares that He is over all but will only rule in your life if you willingly choose to submit to Him as such. And, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – I Am That I Am/I Will Be What I Will Be has shown us over and over again that God The Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the All in All and is our All in All if we make that choice for Him to be so in our lives.
Love and Lordship…Action Item –
- Read the Scriptures in this article and ask The Holy Spirit to teach you.
- Write down what each of the Names of God in this post mean to you.
- Peace, Ruler, I Am That I Am may seem to be at times contradictory to us in our fleshly thinking. How do these come together in your life?
- Which of these Names of God, maybe all three, have had the greatest impact in your life of late and how?
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