Come back, come back, O Shulammite;
Come back, come back, that we may gaze at you!
For the first time in the Song we are given this hint about the brides origins. Well, perhaps. She is called Shulammite, which under normal circumstances would mean woman or man of a place called Shulam.
Some commentators think Solomon is speaking of the Shunammite they gave to King David as an old man to keep him warm.
But the name Shulammite – comes from the same root as the Hebrew word Shalom. Yes, shalom is peace, but this peace is not the same peace that you and I know and
I grew up in an era of peace – it was called the Cold War.
After the peace of the Cold War, there was the peace of détente.
This is not shalom.
Shalom means peace, but it also carries the idea of wholeness. Here are just some of its meanings:
- to complete, finish
- to make safe
- to make whole or good, restore, make compensation
- to make good, pay
- to requite, recompense, reward
My favorite definition I heard from Pastor Charles Stock of Life Center Ministries in Harrisburg, PA. He says shalom means ‘Nothing missing, nothing broken.’
She is no Shulammite – child of peace – at the outset, but now her origins have changed.
Now that she is the bride of Christ, she has a new heritage. No longer the child of Chaos, no longer a resident of sin, not longer one who has eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now she has a new past, a new place of birth – a place of rebirth. Her home is peace – it is with the Prince of Peace [Sar Shalom.] Her identity is changed, right down to her genealogy and her origins.
That’s what I love about Christ. When you connect with Christ, when you enter into covenant with Him, your dark and ugly past is not glossed over, or covered with a table-cloth. He does not hide your past where it can be dragged up before you again. He obliterates it. [Tweet This]
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
What’s your name? Has the Lord given you a new identity — a new past? Do you consider your past gone, or does the accuser use that past to taunt you?
Thanks for stopping by today
Go in peace
 The easing of hostility or strained relations, especially between countries.