Shalom!  This has become one of my very favorite greetings!  I’ve become very fond of a radio broadcast that I listen to on our local christian radio station.  The message is from the Pastor of a Messianic Jewish congregation out of Durham, NC.  The two minute segment is full of inspiring biblical truth and Hebrew traditions, which I’ve come to admire.  He begins and ends every message with, Shalom.

I became curious about what Shalom meant so, I’ve done some study and found that this word means peace, completeness, wholeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. What a beautiful word!  I want my family and friends to be blessed with all that is listed above.  Don’t you?

Doesn’t Christ offer us Shalom?  He is peace.  If we abide in Him, we are complete, whole and healthy.  Physical health may fail us, yes, but our souls are lasting and to be One with with Him spiritually, then we shall always be in good health.  There is no safer place than to rest in the arms of the Savior.  Nothing is more secure and sound.  He promised us Rest.  Matthew 11:28-29 Jesus says “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest your souls.” To rest and be seen as perfect in the eyes of the Almighty, to be full of Him and in complete harmony with His will.  Christ is our Shalom!  Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon his shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

When we are greeted with this beautiful blessing “Shalom” it’s not a simple “HI!” – That person is speaking God’s peace to you!  Return the blessing!

Final Thought: If we see that Christ is our Shalom and we want the blessings/meanings of Shalom listed above for everyone we know, then shouldn’t we work to introduce all those we come in contact with to Christ?

Numbers 6:24-26 says “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up HIS countenance upon you, and give you peace.

The verse from Numbers is my prayer for all my readers today.  God bless you all!

Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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