Summary: WE need to understand what it means to possess SHALOM!
• OCEAN WAVES VIDEO
• SLIDE #1
• Doesn’t that look inviting?
• Today we are going to dig into a word that I think we all (or most all) of us would love to enjoy.
• We live in chaotic world, we have crazy people running other countries who threat to lob bombs at us, we see places like Venezuela, a country with massive oil reserves, yet the people are starving.
• At times our lives and our families are in a state of chaos. Stresses at work, stresses at home!
• Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s there was a commercial for a product called Calgon. Calgon was a bath powder that was supposed to do something special for you.
• They would show some lady who has screaming kids, phone ringing, and finally she had enough!
• Calgon, TAKE ME AWAY! Then she would be a bath tube full of Calgon bath powder, all was calm, all was peaceful.
• Today we are going to look at a Hebrew word as we continue in our Seven Words series.
• The word for today is SHALOM, a word commonly translated in our Bibles as PEACE.
• The word is commonly used as a salutation by Jews at meeting and parting. It is one person wishing another peace.
• We are going to examine four verses today so that we can grasp the importance of the word Shalom.
• As we understand this word on a deeper level, we will have a better grasp as to why this word is important for us to incorporate into our lives.
• Let’s begin by turning to Psalm 34:14
• SLIDE #2
• Psalm 34:14 (CSB) Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.
• SLIDE #3
??????? I. The call to seek shalom. Psalm 34:14
• The Psalmist encourages us to SEEK peace and PURSUE it!
• The question is why?
• When we know the full meaning of the word, the why is answered.
• The word SHALOM has a little deeper meaning than simply PEACE.
• The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, is derived from a root denoting wholeness or completeness, and its frame of reference throughout Jewish literature is bound up with the notion of perfection.
• SHALOM is not solely the absence of war, it goes much deeper!
• The word encompasses the idea of good health, both physically and spiritually, in the Old Testament, it expresses a profound wholeness and well-being.
• Shalom is not just a hope for one avoiding war, it deals with the inner peace, the idea of being a complete person.
• When one is complete, or whole, they will be able to experience SHALOM.
• When something is not complete, it is hard to be at peace, it is hard to experience SHALOM.
• When we are lacking in life, we are unsettled. When things are not in order, our spirits are not at peace or at rest.
• When I used to have a computer issue when I ran Windows machines, I could not sleep until I got the problem fixed.
• I would get up at 2 am to continue to work on troubleshooting the issue.
• As long as the problem existed, I could not be at peace, only when I completed the job was I able to lay down and be at peace.
• The Psalmist encourages us to make sure we are pursuing the correct things in life.
• We are called to turn away from evil, and to do what is good.