4. Shalom

This word is pretty neat. You may have heard that shalom is a Hebrew word that means peace, but there is a lot more background to the meaning. In the Bible the word was used to describe many things. From completeness in number; safety and soundness of body; welfare, health, and prosperity; peace, quiet, tranquility, and contentment; and peace in friendship, peace with God, and peace from war. (Biblehub.com) From a Jewish perspective it is perfection. The description sounds a lot like Heaven.

Currently, “shalom” is still spoken by the Israelis. They use it as a greeting and a farewell; instead of saying, “Hello” or “Goodbye”, they say, “Shalom.” It is considered a blessing.

How interesting that the Israelis decided to use it as a greeting and farewell because that references John 14:27. (Jews don’t believe the NT is Scripture or that Jesus was the Son of God.) In that verse, Jesus is talking to the disciples at the last supper and is referring to Himself and the Holy Spirit as He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” In that verse, “peace” was translated from “shalom.”

Peace, or Shalom, is one of the virtues most valued and sought after by the Jewish community. Many places in the Bible peace is highly encouraged and quarreling is admonished. “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil.” (2 Timothy 2:24) “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) The man who wrote those words, Paul, surely had reason not to be at peace, and yet, he was.

Jesus is our shalom. By Him, we can experience it here on earth, just not all that it entails. (This is just the conclusion I came to. Would enjoy hearing your opinion!)
I just might add a Hebrew word to my vocabulary! Shalom, my friend!


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