“Shalom”

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God , and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.'" Luke 2:13-14 KJV

This is the declaration of the heavenly host, that was made by the Angels to the shepherds on the night Jesus was born. They were praising God and declaring a blessing on mankind. They were saying glory to God in the highest and Shalom on the inhabitants of the earth. Now modern English renders the Hebrew word "shalom" to mean peace when in fact it means so much more than that. It means soundness of body and mind, it means well being, it means wholeness, it means completeness, it means prosperity and good health. It is the ultimate of blessings, and it is to have a sense of permenence associated with it. It's equivilancy in Arabic, "Salaam" means to be safe, secure, and forgiven, the Assyrian equivelent is, "salamu", which means to be complete, unharmed and atoned for (paid in full).

The Aaronic blessing ends with the phrase, "The LORD lift His countenance upon you, and give you "shalom". This is God's will and intent for your life. Jesus spake "shalom" to the storm in Mark chapter 4, and the storm obeyed.

When Adam sinned in the Garden the Shalom of God was lost to him, but we see it being resorted to the sons of Adam, at the birth of Jesus. The restoration of the Aaronic blessing, Shalom. When Jesus says , "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." John 14:27. He's giving you the shalom of God.

According to the Talmud the common Jew could not use this term in common places, (such as bathrooms), because God is shalom and His ways were Shalom. So I say to you this Christmas season, "The LORD bless you and keep you, The LORD make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you shalom."

Pastor Rusty


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