The biblical concept of peace rests heavily on the Hebrew root “slm” which is where “shalom” comes from, which means “to be complete” or “to be sound.” The verb conveys both a dynamic and a static meaning “to be complete or whole” or “to live well.”
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; THE LORD TURN HIS FACE TOWARDYOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE.“ (Num. 6:24-26)
Someone turning their face toward you suggests the hope of being seen and recognized by them. Imagine entering a room and someone you love sees you and their face lights up with recognition and joy. We can never earn or buy peace with The Lord; he is too holy, we are too small, and the price is too great. The benediction of Moses points us to hope when it says “give you peace.” Peace with God can only come through the gift of God. He offers us peace based on the sacrifice of His Son Jesus that paid for our sins.
“PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE IGIVE YOU. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
This peace was purchased for us by the shed blood of Jesus, shed to wash away our sins, making it possible for us to be one with our Abba Father and Jesus Christ our Lord and savior! With this awesome peace, at night when we go to bed, wecan:
“IN PEACE…LIE DOWN AND SLEEP…” (Psa. 4:8)