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Peace in the Old Testament isn’t just about the absence of conflict, but about something better replacing it.
- The most basic meaning of shalom is not “peace” as we often assume, but “complete” or “whole.”
- Life is complex, and when one part of your life is out of alignment because of sickness, loss, a broken relationship, or something else, your “shalom,” or “completeness,” breaks down. Something needs to be restored.
- Jesus’s followers are called to create shalom like he did, which requires patience, humility, and bearing with one another in love.
- True peace takes work – finding what’s broken in our lives, relationships, or world, and doing our best to make it whole.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
See Also: Bible Interpretation, Old Testament, Theology
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- What is the difference between “absence of conflict” and real “restoration?” What are some real-life situations you’ve seen in which this distinction is very important?
- Talk about how your life has lost “shalom” when one part of it has fallen out of place. How did you restore completeness? Or what needs to change for your to restore completeness?
- Why is it important that Jesus isn’t just about stopping conflict, but about restoring what is broken?
- “Jesus is the complete human we all were made to be, and he gives us his life as a gift that will allow us to become complete people, too.” What does this mean?
- What does it look like to participate in the life of Jesus?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Hebrew Word Studies series.