6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
There’s the direct command! We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
Most know that “peace,” in Hebrew, is “shalom.” But are you aware that “shalom” has multiple meanings? Indeed, it is also “hello” and “good bye,” as well as a popular greeting in Hebrew if you are in Israel and simply don’t know what to say!
But interestingly, “shalom” also means “complete,” which is very significant. It carries the notion of well-being and contains the idea of “paid for.” Indeed, the name Jerusalem means something like, “God will see to / provide complete and paid-for peace.” (See here.) Wow!
We are told to pray for Jerusalem, and we long to see completeness and absence of strife. But, are there other forms of peace for which we might pray? I believe so! Inner peace with God, and peace with one another are Biblical notions.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Let’s seek that peace, and pray that peace for Jerusalem.
We’re moving on to verses 8-9 tomorrow, so join us then!