I figured I would ask you a question today –
What is THE LAST WORD in your bible?
Of course it is the word AMEN I knew you would all know the answer…… but do you know what the word means? We use it so frequently, for some people it is simply a ‘Christian’ thing to say!
Do you know when it was used in the bible for the first time?
When a husband accused his wife of adultery, and she protested her innocence, and she had not been caught in the act, the matter was settled by God under the test of bitter water (Num 5:12-31). The woman was taken to the priest, and the priest put her under oath. She submitted to a ceremony in which she drank some water containing dust from the tabernacle floor.
If she had committed adultery, she was to be cursed with a wasting disease, but if she did not get sick, then she was proven innocent and her husband was proven wrong.
During the ceremony, when the priest pronounced the curse, the woman was required by God to say, “Amen, Amen”. (Num 5:22). That is the first occurrence of the word in scripture.
The Lord commands it to be said by a person who is yielding themselves to examination by Him in his presence.
AMEN is one of the few words of scripture which is written in its original
Hebrew form, in fact, it is pretty universally in use, straight from the Hebrew language, to the Greek, English, Spanish etc…… we all use the word. It comes from the word AMAN, which means or implies being FIRM, SOLID, with a sense of PERMANENCY.
Thus by implication the word means to be sure (absolutely) true or faithful. So whenever we see the word used in scripture it is affirming truth, or illustrating something is said that is of absolute certainty.
In the Australian language (comparatively speaking) we would say FAIR DINKUM… To us that means something is real, genuine, and without question.
That I think would be a very fair statement to make about Our God!
He is after all —————- FAIR DINKUM……
Can you say AMEN TO THAT?
Let us always remember the greatest gift of all – JESUS CHRIST
Our Lord and Saviour who died so that we might have life to the fullest
HE IS The Great Amen.
AND A PRAYER:
In the Catholic Church, when the faithful gather together to celebrate
communion, they pray this prayer:
“Through Him, with Him and in Him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours Almighty Father,
forever and ever,”
to which the congregation answers,
Mtt 6:13 “Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, and ever.