Amen, Awman, Aw-mayn, Ameen, Aman

10 09 2012


Various forms of the word “Amen” is found throughout the Bible, the Torah and the Qur’an. We say it in Church and Temple. We say it when we wholeheartedly agree and we also say it with varying degree’s of sarcasm.

The word ‘amen’ has crossed over from many languages, from the earliest days of recorded history; while still maintaining its general meaning: “So be it, or to confidently affirm, agree or concur with a speaker.”

It is an affirmation, an agreement for the trustworthiness of and belief in, what is being said. The Hebrew word translated as “faith” (to believe)  is “emunah“, derived from the Hebrew rootaman”, meaning to nourish, to make firm and strong; like a nurse or caregiver over the one being cared for nourishes to strengthen and benefit.

In Genesis 15:6 after God showed Abram the countless stars of heaven, telling him that similarly his children would be without number; it is written… “Then he (Abram) believed in the Lord and HE reckoned (or accounted) it to him as righteousness.”

The word ‘believed‘ in Hebrew is listed within Strong’s Concordance as number 539, “Awman,”the root of “amen;” which is the same word used to depict a nurse or mother, holding a child or baby. A baby who is relaxed, fully and expectantly depending and dependent-trusting; to build up, support, to be permanent, settled, and at peace.

Our trust applies to faith: Faith, being a state of relaxation, a posture of rest; not struggling or straining. It is a faith that lies in complete trust ; like the sleeping baby in our arms, we are safe in the arms of the Lord…

Ending our prayers with “Amen” is an act of our faith. We are declaring humbly to the creator of this Universe that we will depend upon Him; trust in Him. We can rest and  relax in the knowledge that HE will bring “it” to pass. Are you at that point in your faith yet or still striving in your own strength?

Ephesians 2:8 should hold a deeper meaning for us now as we read what the Apostle Paul said to those Ephesian Gentiles of his time: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–” NIV

Please enjoy the Love Alive V Choir: 25th Anniversary 1998 of “Safe In the Arms of the Lord” as arranged by the late Bishop Walter Hawkins.  As always: “Be Blessed”



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