WOVEN | DAY XX

**For our final day of study we are doing two word studies that tie together the Old and New Testaments in a beautiful way. First we’ll do a Hebrew word study, and then we’ll do a shorter Greek word study. If needed, break it up into two days of study, but don’t rush through it – it’s so worth it! 

Word of the Day: Aman

Meaning: To believe

Hebrew: אָמַן

Pronounced: aw-man

Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.

Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?

Look up the following references where this word is used. What do you learn about the word Aman?

Genesis 15:6

Exodus 4:5

Exodus 14:31

Deuteronomy 1:32 (used in the negative here)

Psalm 78:22 (used in the negative here)

Jonah 3:5

Word of the Day: Amén

Meaning: It is true

Greek: ἀμήν

Pronounced: ah-men

Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.

Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?

Look up the following references where this word is used. What do you learn about the word Amen?

Philippians 4:20

John 3:3

Romans 11:36

Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)? 

For our final day of study, we are studying both Hebrew and Greek to consider one of the coolest (in my opinion) Hebrew-to-Greek word studies out there. Throughout the Old Testament, the verb Aman was used of those who responded to God’s call of faith. When God called Abraham out of his homeland to follow Him into the unknown future, Abraham believed (Aman-ed) God. The word refers to those who put their sure trust in God and to the nation of Israel when they believed (or disbelieved) God’s promises to them. It is ultimately a verb that expresses sure faith and solid belief.

When we arrive on the pages of the New Testament, we find this same Hebrew verb transliterated into Greek as the word Amen. When someone would make a statement that was true and trustworthy, people would respond with “Amen” as a way to say that it is true or “I believe it.” 

We find the Greek word Amen littered throughout the New Testament and we likely say it at the end of our prayers around the dinner table and at night. But in essence, this word isn’t a closing statement but a statement of belief. It is a resounding response that declares that what has just been said is absolutely true and trustworthy, and it is our participation and affirmation in that true thing.

This is why the scribes and Pharisees got all up in arms about Jesus’ teaching in the temple. Usually a rabbi would teach and conclude by asking his hearers, “Amen?” as a way of closing with the question, “Do you affirm this? Do you believe this?” The elders would respond, “Amen” to affirm that the teaching was true (Hebrew form of checks and balances) and that those listening could trust what had just been taught. But, when Jesus taught He said, “Amen, amen.” Fundamentally, Jesus was saying, “I believe it and it is true.” He was taking on all authority to assess what was true about God, declaring Himself to be the highest authority in the temple.

Read Revelation 22:20-21

Friends – it is ALL true. The entire meta-narrative of Scripture is absolutely true and trustworthy. The story of how Elohim created the world, how mankind fell into sin, how Yahweh established a covenant (berith) with His people, how they broke it, how He restored it, how He promised to send a Savior, and how that promise was kept in Jesus Christ – it is all TRUE. The very last words of the pages of Scripture declare – I BELIEVE IT. IT IS ALL TRUE. 

When we wonder if Scripture is just a cool story that links together in amazing ways, we can rest assured: it’s all true. When we wonder if He’s coming again or if God has forgotten His people, we can rely on his promises: it is all true.

This story of Scripture is not just amazing (which it is), and it’s not just good news (which it is). It is true good news. You can put all your faith into it, put all your weight on it, and rest your entire confidence in it. It will hold up under scrutiny. It will stand the test of time. It is fundamentally, irrevocably, undeniably true.

Do you believe it? 

How does this move the story forward?

Pray & Reflect: Thank God for the wonder of the entire story of Scripture. Praise Him for the way He has woven His Word together, and for including you in His story of redemption. Close your time in prayer with a resounding “Amen,” confessing to God that you believe it and trust in Him. 

Author: amygannett

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  • Oh oh oh!! Thank you for including this!! I just pulled it up and I haven’t read anything but the word. I did a short word study on Amen several weeks ago and have just loved the breadth it’s brought. I first studies itbin Greek class in college but as life has gone on it’s come to be such a special word that I teach my children about. I’ve had a song on repeat in my mind and my car over the last few weeks, it’s called Amen by I Am They. It comes from the perspective of not knowing what to pray sometimes but how God is so constant and even if we only can pray Amen, it’s a pleasure to His ears. Thank you, thank you for these word studies, I’ve loved this study!