FS Word of Power
November 20, 2019
What is shalom? The ancient Hebrew concept of peace, rooted in the word “shalom,” meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, carrying with it the implication of permanence.
Shalom and Peace
Peace! Peace! Peace! Everybody’s for it. Nobody is against it. But what is that very special state of mind that we call peace? For it means different things to different people.
Peace is what the elderly neighbor wants when the teenager across the street is practicing on his drums. She really wants quiet.
Peace is what the shopkeeper wants when he’s worried about paying his bills. Peace to him means prosperity. The patient waiting anxiously in the doctor’s office to be told the results of a battery of lab tests wants peace. He really means good health.
When we don’t have what we think we should have, we say we need peace! i.e. -a freedom from inner turmoil, better known as peace of mind.
And then we have the Shalom that Yeshua mentions in
John 14:27 :” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
The difference between “peace” and shalom.
Allow me to share Rabbi Robert I. Kahn,Texas, when he explains the difference between “Roman” peace and “Hebrew” Shalom:
“One can dictate a peace; Shalom is a mutual agreement.
“Peace is a temporary pact; Shalom is a permanent agreement.
“One can make a peace treaty; Shalom is the condition of peace.
“Peace can be negative, the absence of commotion. Shalom is positive, the presence of serenity.
“Peace can be partial; Shalom is whole.
“Peace can be piecemeal; Shalom is complete.”
When Yeshua in John 14:27 talks about SHALOM, He is pointing to the all the mentioned above. Yeshua is not only offering us His supernatural peace, but He himself is the PRINCE of PEACE, the origin of SHALOM restoring whatever the enemy has stolen from us; making us whole again.
May the PEACE – His SHALOM be with you!