As-Salaamu ‘Alaykoum (السلام عليكم) – Peace be upon you.
Muslims say this every time they meet each other and usually when they leave. I love it because it isn’t a mere “Hello”; it is a blessing. Of course, as with anything you say often, it is possible to forget what exactly you are saying, but when I say it to my Muslim friends I try to be conscious to really mean it. I want peace for them.
I also love it because it so biblical.
- It is part of the priestly blessing in Numbers 6:26, “The Lord . . . give you peace.”
- It was used among the ancient Israelites (Judges 19:20, “And the old man said, ‘Peace be to you.'”)
- King David used it (2 Samuel 25:6, “And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.'”).
- An angel spoke it to the prophet Daniel (Daniel 10:19, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.”).
- The Apostle Paul used it as a greeting in almost all his letters (Colossians 1:2, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father.”).
- The Apostle Peter used it (1 Peter 5:14, “Peace to all of you who are in Christ.”).
- The Apostle John used it (3 John 15, “Peace be to you.”).
- Jesus Christ used it (Gospel of Luke 24:36, “Peace be to you.”).
- Jesus Christ commanded his followers to say it (Gospel of Luke 10:5, “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’”).
- God used it (Judges 6:23, “But the Lord said to him, ‘Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.'”).
Isn’t it remarkable to see so many biblical examples of this and yet as Christians we don’t regularly speak peace to one another? This is definitely something we can learn from our Muslim friends.
I’m hopeful that as this blog continues we can begin to understand a biblical theology of peace. If I can better understand peace then I can better speak one of my favorite greetings, “As-salaamu ‘Alakoum”.
**I recognize that I hardly blog anymore. I don’t know if I will start up again or not, but this post for some reason was getting hit with hundreds of spam comments so I decided to delete the original, but liked the post too much to just let it go. Blessings, Dustin