Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of G-d.”
Like many of the “Beatitudes,” the verse from Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:9 give us, the reader, a very simple maxim for life – those that make peace will be blessed, and will receive special recognition from the Almighty. What if there is more to that seemingly simple statement than meets the eye? Let’s look at it from the Hebrew perspective and see a slightly different picture.
The word translated as “blessed” comes from the Hebrew word “asher” which may more appropriately be translated to English as “joyous” or more commonly “happy.”
The word translated as “peacemaker” still comes out being translated the same. Yet the Hebrew word “shalom” means much more than just “peace,” in totality it means “peace, joy, wholeness, and completeness.” The word “maker” takes on more of the meaning, in this case, as “one who promotes or embodies.”
“Sons of Elohim (G-d)”:
Two places in The Scriptures sum up this idea well:
(16) The Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh/Set-apart Spirit/”Holy” Spirit) himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of Elohim;
(17) and if children, then heirs; heirs of Elohim, and co-heirs with Messiah; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be esteemed with him.
Galatiyim (Galatians) 3:28-29:
(28) There is neither Yehudim (Jew) nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua.
(29) If you are Messiah’s, then you are Avraham’s seed and heirs according to promise.
Putting it back together:
A more accurate translation would be this:
“Joyous are those who promote/embody shalom (joy, peace, wholeness, and completeness), For they shall be called sons of Elohim and co-heirs with the Messiah.”
Those that follow after and embody the true teachings of Messiah and the Father, seek to follow His words and love Him with all of their heart, minds and strength (Deu 6:5, 11:1; Mat 22:37; Mar 12:30; and Luk 10:27), will seek wholeness and completeness in all that they do. They will embody shalom and spread it in their ways and their words, will edify and uplift those that they meet, and will be shining beacons of the light of truth to the nations – These will be called “Children of the Most High.” Shalom Aleichem!