Peace — Irony — Shalom (Hebrew) and Eirene (Greek)

On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 7:53 AM, Stephen Williamson wrote:
Subject: Who says the Lord doesn't have a sense of humour

Love it

Headlines in the Australian

PM to Rudd: I'm Going Nowhere



On June 12, 2013 12:55 PM, "Stephen Williamson" wrote:
Subject: Further thoughts - Who says the Lord doesn't have a sense of humour - Peace

Hi all

Yes, one of the really interesting words in the Greek New Testament is the word Eirene, a word the ancient Greeks used to translate the Hebrew word "Shalom" in the Old Testament. Translated later into English as "Peace" or "Peaceful". It is closely connected to another Greek word "Eiron" from where English draws the word ďIronyĒ — things that connect, join together, to an outside observer itís somewhat humorous, but to us who are involved itís in ways we just donít expect.

Socrates made a bit of a thing of it in his rhetoric, as did Plato in his plays, when he would contrast the eiron (cool / peaceful / ironic answerer) with the impassioned hybris (overbearing statements) of the alazon (big-noting, living for self individual).

And so we see in James 4:13: "Go on now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such and such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and make a profit — whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For that you ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now you glory in your boastings (alazoneia): all such rejoicing is evil.

Itís why heís God, and weíre not

And that wonderful scripture in Philippians about the peace (yes, the irony) of God that is superior to all of our knowing


1 Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passes over all understanding, shall guard and protect your hearts (that place of future wishes, dreams, thoughts and plans) and minds (that place of previous knowledge and experience) through Christ Jesus.


Blessings all Steve

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