Before there was Yeruwshalem, there was Shalem. The place called Shalem is found in Gen 15, “And the king of Cedom (Sodom) went out to meet him (Avraham), after his return from the slaughter of Kedorlamer and of the kings that were with him, at a set valley, the king’s valley. And Malkiy-Tzedek, king of Shalem, brought forth bread and wine, and He was the priest of the most high El. And he blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Avram of the most high El, who is possessor of heaven and earth. And blessed be the most high El, who has delivered thy enemies into the hand.’ And he (Avraham) gave tithes (to Malkiy-Tzedek).” To bear witness to the fact that this Shalem is Yeruwshalem, in Psalms 76 it is written, “In Yahuwdah is Elohiym known. His name is great in Yisrael. In Shalem also is his shelter, and His dwelling place in Tzion.” (Also read Hebrews 7:1-2)
And so the city with a Righteous king and priest was named Shalem meaning “Peace”. But with the children of Yebuwc (Strongs 2982 meaning the “threshing place”) who were of Ham, and Ca’anan (Gen 10:16) it was also named Yebuwc (Judges 19:10, 1 Chron 11:4). With a Righteous King the city was called “Peace” but with another king it was called the “threshing place”.
Then Shalem became Yeruwshalem. Shalem meaning “peace” is a well-known word, but what is this “yeruw”. There is a large puddle of Hebrew words in the Strongs (between 3372 to 3425) with a root word with the first two Hebrew letter being yod-resh (YR) or pronounce “yar” which makes up “Yeruw”. To assist in determining the meaning of this puddle words let us start with Strongs# 3372 & 3373, yara, to fear and #3384, yarah, to flow (as water). Thus “to fear” and “to flow (as water)” in thenHebrew language have the same essence of meaning. Fear flows as water, is it not so? And water can flow as fear. Back to the large puddle of meaning there is also the meaning “to descend” as flowing water must (3381), “the moon” with its effect on water (3391), to hurl headlong, be rash, perverse in the same sense descending (3399), to spit (3417), to occupy or drive out (3423). Then there are two that do not fit as well 3409, to be soft as a body part, the thigh, as water is soft, even rushing water and 3419, green, as water, descending water brings the flourishing of plant life and it turns green. All said through this puddle of meaning there is a strong sense of water. And it is in this sense of water I think the Shalem became Yerushalem. At the first Shalem was a city without water, not good for a seige, but over time, water was brought to the city, and thus, this city was not only of peace, but it became a city of peace and with water flowing in the midst – Yeruwshalem. It was because of this water when Rome layed seige of Yeruwshalem in 70 AD that the Jews were able to resist for five months and the rage of the Romans built up until not one stone of the temple was left standing.
And it will be in the New Yeruwshalem that water will flow out of the midst, not from sources brought from the outside to fill up reservoirs, but from the throne of the living God, waters of living waters will flow from the New Jeruwshalem forever and ever for the healing of the nations – there are the nations of the saved and the saved. Amen!
I mark this writing by the one true gospel, and the one true gospel is the Mashiach, Yeshua of Nazareth, died for our sins according to the Old Testament, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Old Testament. The testimony of two confirms the fact of the one true gospel -Luke 24 and 1 Cor 15:1-6.