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Romans 12:18

January 21, 2020

“If possible, and to the extent that it depends on you, live in peace with all people.”

‘Peace in Hebrew’ is shalom. This word is rooted in wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, and implying permanence. This is why shalom is used as a greeting in Isra’el: “May you be filled with a complete and perfect peace and be full of well-being.”

Hebrew Letter Pictures

שלום

Shin or the first letter (right to left) of shalom is a picture of a ‘Tooth’ and means ‘to consume or destroy.’

Lamed or the second letter is a picture of a ‘Shepherd’s Staff’ and means ‘leader.’ It can also represent a ‘king,’ or ‘the heart’ of a matter.

Vav or the third letter is a picture of a ‘Tooth’ and means ‘binding’ or ‘bound to.’

Mem or the fourth letter is a picture of ‘Water’ and means ‘mighty’ or ‘chaos.’

The word picture for shalom: The destruction of the leader bound to chaos.

“If possible, and to the extent that it depends on you, live in shalom, destroying the leader bound to chaos, with all people.”

A companion verse to Romans 12:18 is John 14:27:

““What I [Yeshua] am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.”

We are to live in the shalom of Yeshua when it comes to living with other people. We are to speak shalom to people: “May you be filled with a complete and perfect peace and be full of well-being.” The world will never know shalom without Yeshua and therefore, we should never expect to find true shalom in this world. We can however, bring shalom to the world just as Yeshua did.

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