Shalom!

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Lately I find myself moved more and more to open or close texts or emails with “Shalom!” rather than the standard western salutations.  So, am I a Christian trying to be Jewish or something?  Nope!  Just that this word carries so much more fullness and power to me that I would rather declare all thatgoodness and blessing contained in this word than most others I have used to date.

The Hebrew word most frequently translated “peace” in our Bibles. So full of meaning and power, especially when we embrace it’s fulfillment in Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus the Christ as prophesied in Isaiah 9:6, …”His name shall be called…Prince of Peace” (Hebrew Saw Shalom).

Taking the various nuances of this amazing word from Strong’s Concordance:

“completeness wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.”

 

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