27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“Peace” seems to be in short supply in these troubled times. In His high priestly prayer above, however, Jesus bequeathed to us His peace, Church. More than anything, He wants us to be in perfect peace; to rest in Him; to be not afraid. 365 times throughout the Bible are the words, “Fear not; don’t be afraid,” or words to that effect.
Why is it so important to God that we be at peace and unafraid? How can we get to that place? Some of the answer lies in the definition of the word, “Shalom.” But, incredibly, God has given us even more clues in the Hebrew letters themselves. 😍
Shalom comes from the root word, “Shelem: Completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.” In modern Hebrew, the word, “Shelem,” means “To pay for.” A related word, “Shulam” means “To be fully paid.”
Our peace was FULLY paid for in the body of our Savior, Jesus, on the cross. In fact, His death was an far and above an OVERPAYMENT! In essence, what Jesus said by His death is “Aní meSheləm: “I Am your payment!” HALLELUJAH! 🙌🏻💖
Secrets In The Hebrew Letters.
The Hebrew letters themselves tell a very interesting story of their own, something you would never get from any definition. They also give us a glimpse of God’s perspective on the subject.
Remember the storm which threatened to capsize the boat in which He and His disciples were traveling? Well, it wasn’t just a little breezy: IT WAS A MEGA STORM! But Jesus, as cool as can be, stood to His feet and uttered one word: “SHALOM.”
Immediately, there was, according to the Greek text, a “Great calm.”
Shalom is spelled like this:
The letters from right to left are:
[ש] Shin=Shaddai (Almighty God)
[ו] Vav=nail (Jesus was nailed to the cross)
[ם] Mem=Holy Spirit
The word pictures tell us this story:
“The more you LEARN (lamed) about how much the Almighty God (shin), the Son, and the Holy Spirit (mem) love and care for you, as evidenced by Jesus’ sacrifice, (vav) the greater your measure of SHALOM.”
“The Learner ([ל]-you and I), is surrounded by God on every side: El Shaddai, (shin) Jesus (vav) and the Holy Spirit (mem).
Every day in every way, may you be healthy, prosperous, and enjoy the peace that was fully paid for by Jesus on that cross long ago.
Today, be filled with His complete SHALOM. AMEN. 🙏