SHALOM - PEACE FROM GOD
By Synthia Esther
Shalom means more than a state of mind, of being or of affairs. Derived from the Hebrew root shalam - meaning to be safe or complete, and by implication, to be friendly or to reciprocate. Shalom, as term and message, seems to encapsulate a reality and hope of wholeness for the individual, and for the entire world. The noun shalom means safe, such as a sense of well being. The word also addresses the welfare, health and prosperity that peace provides. The verb form shalam, goes much deeper in theology, doctrine, and liturgy. Pointing to safety, as well as figuratively pointing to completeness, soundness, and a wholeness of spirit.
Shalom within Holy Scripture confirms this action of wholeness and the interest of wellbeing in others (Genesis 43:27; Exodus 4:18). As well as the wellbeing of cities and nations (Psalm 122:6; Jeremiah 29:7). Within the word Shalom also abides a relationship towards truth and justice (Psalm 85:10; Isaiah 48:18; 22, 57, 19:21). As well as hope for the blessings of work done by the messiah, and revelation as a time of peace (Haggai 2:7-9, Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:1-9). For the messiah holds the title of Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:4-5). In God we have grace (Romans 1:7), righteousness (Romans 14:17), and life (Romans 8:6). God alone, is our spirit's peace maker.
Prayers of Peace and Benediction:
1st Thessalonians 5:23, "May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctifyyou through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Numbers 6:22-27, The Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron and his sons, "This is how you are to bless the Israelites, Say to them: 'The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.' "So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."
Hebrews 13:20-21, "May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."
Copyright 2010, Synthia Esther. All Rights Reserved.