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ShalomThomasville.com is a portion of the world wide web presence of Beit Shalom Messianic Synagogue. Our name in Hebrew means “House of Peace” and we have been a congregation in Thomasville since 2002. It is and always has been a congregation made up of both Jewish and non-Jewish believers, followers of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah. Shalom is a common Hebrew greeting meaning both hello and goodbye. But more importantly it means (according to the glossary of the Complete Jewish Bible) peace, tranquility, safety, well-being, welfare, health, contentment, success, comfort wholeness, and integrity. It is our wish that we would not only exhibit those qualities but be a vehicle which contributes to the development of those qualities in our community and in seeking individuals.
Our expressed purpose is to be bearers of the Besorah HaMashiach, the Good News of Messiah Yeshua, which is “to the Jew especially but equally to the Gentile” (Complete Jewish Bible: Romans 1:16b). Just as important to us is our Messiah’s command in Matthew 28:19 to “make people from all nations into talmidim” (disciples). We are here to be witnesses of G-d’s eternal plan for His creation, the people of the earth, with specific emphasis on the Jewishness of the complete Bible Genesis to Revelation, the Jewishness of our Messiah, and the call of the Jewish people from whom He came and who are called to be “Priests to the Nations.”
We can all best understand the Scriptures (Genesis to Revelation) which have been given as our guide when we understand it's Hebrew background. Yeshua was/is a Jew from the Tribe of Judah who lived a perfect life on earth in the Land of Israel as an obedient Jew and in His death became our eternal sacrifice for sin. He now sits at the right hand of the Father serving as Cohen HaGadol, our Great High Priest and our intercessor. In these things most of us will agree. Even though there may be other things upon which we might have differing opinions, we are not here to judge anyone’s walk with their Messiah. We are here to be witnesses and helpers to those who are seeking their Messiah and as a resource for those who already know Yeshua so that together we all might become the “living stones” spoken of by Shimon Kefa (Simon Peter) in 1Peter 2:4-5: 4 As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim (priests) set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah.
Our logo emphasizes the major tenets of our beliefs as followers of Yeshua HaMashiach, our Jewish Messiah. Hear, Trust, and Obey relate strongly to Romans 10:17 which says: 17 So trust (faith) comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through a word proclaimed about the Messiah (CJB).
First we must “hear” the Scriptures which proclaim the Messiah from Genesis to Revelation.
Second, we must “trust” in our hearts in G-d’s Word [Yeshua the “living Word”- John 1:1-2] as being true and by faith receive Him.
Third, we must be obedient to our G-d and our Messiah.
We understand that through the Word proclaimed about the Messiah we can come to a believing knowledge of Yeshua as our perfect sin sacrifice and eternal King. That promise of salvation which we receive through Him is based only on faith (both ours [Galatians 3:14} and Yeshua’s [Romans 3:21-22]) through G-d’s grace. There is no “law” or "all laws" which we can keep to earn salvation. There is no salvation in legalism. But we also recognize that G-d through Yeshua demands our obedience and He has called us as His disciples to obey Him.
The center group of Hebrew characters in our logo are “shin,” “mem,” and “ayin.” These consonants spell the word “shema,” or “hear!” This is found in Deuteronomy 6. Verses 4 & 5 say: 4 "Sh'ma, Yisra'el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra'el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one]; 5 and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. This ancient command has been Israel’s watchword for many centuries. It has been a command to Jews but since Yeshua's time on the earth is now also a command to all those who have accepted Yeshua as Messiah. Those who trust in Yeshua become a part of the commonwealth of Israel (explained below). Yeshua Himself confirms to us that this statement of faith is for those who are His disciples. In Mark 12:28 He was asked which was the most important mitzvah (command) of all. In verses 29 & 30 Yeshua answered: "The most important is, `Sh'ma Yisra'el, ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, O Isra'el, the LORD our God, the LORD is one], 30 and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.' Of course He was quoting Deuteronomy 6. And there is also a secondary meaning to Shema. In addition to “hear” it means “obey.” This first and most important commandment means that we are to “love ADONAI our God with everything that we are!” If we are Yeshua’s disciples, when we hear and understand His Word, we also know that we are to obey Him.
The next line of Hebrew characters are “yod,” “shin,” “vav,” and “ayin” and spell Yeshua. Yeshua is the name which His stepfather Yosef (Joseph) was told by the angel to name him. Yeshua is a form of the word Y’hoshua or Joshua. It means “ADONAI saves” (YHVH saves). Matthew 1:21 says: 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua, because he will save his people from their sins." The word “save” in Hebrew is yoshia. This is common Hebrew wordplay used to emphasize a particular thought. You are to “name Him Yeshua because He will yoshia His people.” ADONAI is one of the words which we use to refer to G-d whose name in Hebrew is represented by the Hebrew letters yod, heh, vav, and heh (YHVH). Because we do not know the exact pronunciation of YHVH we prefer to use euphamisms to refer to “the Father" (ADONAI; HaShem; Creator; The Almighty, etc.).
The “commonwealth of Israel” is the Israel of G-d which includes all who have trusted Yeshua as Messiah. The entryway for both Jew and non-Jew is through “The New Covenant” which ADONAI gave to Israel. Jeremiah 31:31 & 33 says: 31 "Here, the days are coming," says ADONAI, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra'el and with the house of Y'hudah.” ………..33 "For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra'el after those days," says ADONAI: "I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.” To the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:22 Yeshua said: 22 “You people don't know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews.” And it is through Yeshua’s sacrifice on the stake and through the New Covenant which ADONAI made with Israel that every person has the opportunity to enter into the covenant and become a member of the commonwealth of Israel.
This is expressed another way by Sha’ul (Paul the Apostle) in Romans 11:16b-24: 16 ………………….. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you - a wild olive - were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, 18 then don't boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you. 19 So you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." 20 True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don't be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified! 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won't spare you! 22 So take a good look at God's kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, God's kindness toward you - provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off! 23 Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because God is able to graft them back in. 24 For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree! Here Sha'ul describes a metaphorical olive tree which represents Israel with its root being Abraham, his sons and the other patriarchs. Gentiles who have trusted Yeshua are wild olive branches who have been grafted into the tree. Jews who have trusted Yeshua have been regrafted into their own tree because they were previously broken off for lack of trust (faith). In Ephesians 2:15 Sha'ul also refers to these two groups together as "a single new humanity" (one new man). Together both Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Yeshua make up the worldwide Body of Messiah, the Commonwealth of Israel, referred to in the Book of Matthew in 16:18 as ecclesia in the original Greek and meaning community or congregation.