I have noticed a trend amongst many believers today to greet one another with the Hebrew greeting ‘Shalom’.
This is a standard way of greeting amongst modern Jews and those who speak the Hebrew language, so it seems strange that this practice has now become a standard thing in the Body of Christ, and especially amongst English speaking people.
Perhaps part of the reason for this is that many believers still think that the nation of Israel and Jewish people are first on God’s order of favoritism, and since Jesus was a Jew, we tend to think of God as Jewish.
Some even believe that if they could speak the Hebrew language, they could communicate better with the Lord, since it is His native tongue. And for many it is sacrilege to call Jesus by any name other than his birth name Yeshua.
Many will not even type out the word GOD in writing, according to the Jewish law where the name of God was typed JHWH leaving out the vowels. So they type G-D instead.
All of this makes the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ of no effect, because we are still trying to live under the Old Testament Law, which was clearly done away with as far as our salvation is concerned.
When Jesus cried ‘It Is Finished’ He began a New Covenant in His blood, which involves coming to Him in faith, through grace, and without the demands of the Law.
Since Calvary both Jews and Non Jews have to enter the Kingdom of God, and the Body of Christ, the same way. There is now neither Jew nor Gentile in Christ, but we are all equal.
Your natural or birth heritage is of no consequence. And God’s chosen people today are those who have entered through Christ and the new blood covenant into a new Body that consists only of those who have embraced it by faith.
The Old Covenant people were the nation of Israel and God set them aside as His own special people. But since Calvary this no longer applies, because a New Covenant is in effect.
So the notion that Jewish people have special favor with God, or that we should hold onto Jewish traditions and practices is a deception. We are not to move back again to being under the Law, but we are now under Grace, and Grace is the watchword that should be on all our lips.
Although the Jews greet one another with the Hebrew word for peace, which is ‘Shalom’, believers should instead be using the more important word ‘Grace’ first.
Surely if it was correct to use Shalom, the early Jewish apostles such as Peter and John especially would have used this in greeting the people that they wrote to.
But instead they all used the same term that Paul used – Grace and Peace. Here are some Scriptures to prove this:
Romans 1:7 To all in Rome that are God’s beloved, called saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and Lord Jesus Christ. (GBMV)
2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (GBMV)
2 John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and [agape] love. (GBMV)
So as a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, please stop thinking that you are pleasing the Lord by holding onto Jewish traditions and practices.
And please stop greeting one another with the word “Shalom”. It has no Scriptural base whatsoever.
And please do not ever write me an email or post anything on one of our websites with the greeting “Shalom”. It will certainly not give you any favor with us, and tells me that you are still under bondage to the Law.
You have not yet come to understand the power of Grace, which alone can bring us peace with God.
Grace and Peace
May you walk in His blessing.