SHALOM - MAY GOD'S PEACE BE WITH YOU!
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
One of God's Seven Compound Redemptive Names is Jehovah Shalom. The Hebrew word “shalom” means peace and tranquility or “the opposite of war”.
The foundation of almost every Hebrew word is a root composed of three consonants and each root has its own basic meaning. The other letters that fill in around that root to create a word can be used in various ways to make other words. Something of the basic meaning of the root always remains in the meaning of the other words, as well.
The root of the word “shalom” is sheen-lamed-mem. It is transliterated into English as SH-L-M with a basic meaning of wholeness and completeness. Shalom also means friendship that is grounded in trust or peaceful understanding. It also can mean well-being, safety and salvation.
Clarence A. Wagner Jr. writes in ‘Shalom: Peace Be Unto You’: “Literally, hundreds of words are built from the root SH-L-M and all of them have some connection to this basic meaning. For example, ShaLem means “complete” and is also the name of the city of
Melchizedek mentioned in Genesis 14: 18 (transliterated in English as “ ”). SheLem means “peace offering” which was part of restoring a broken relationship with God. SheeLem means “he paid”, that is, he completely fulfilled his obligation.” Salem
The Bible states: I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace (shalom shalom) to him that is afar off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him." (Isaiah 57: 19) This Scripture verse is referring to God's Salvation though Jesus Christ Who is our PEACE and brings complete wellness and healing!
MARTIN LUTHER stated: "The whole Bible is about Christ ONLY everywhere." The word shalom is paralleled with other biblical synonyms for Salvation such as 'tsedakah' for righteousness and 'yeshua' for help!
“And came and preached peace (shalom - salvation) to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access by One Spirit unto the Father." (Eph.2: 13-18)
Please pray for the peace, safety, healing, wellness and total salvation of
Israel and for our Prime Minister Stephen Harper and ! Amen. Canada