Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today's Daily Devotional

“Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Revelation 7:12

04/21/09 “Amen” is such a tiny word, but I learned so much while studying it for this passage. “Amen” is originally a Hebrew word that was transliterated directly into Greek, then into Latin and English and many other languages. This means that the word “amen” actually remains “amen” in all the languages into which it has been translated. The word is almost identical to the Hebrew word “amam” which means "believe" or “faithful”. So it came to mean "sure" or "truly", expressing absolute trust and confidence. At the beginning of a dialogue, “amen” means “surely” or “truly”. At the end, it means “so it is”, “so be it”, “may it be fulfilled”. When someone prays to God, and you respond by saying, “Amen”, you are, in essence, stating that you are in agreement with the prayer as if you’d uttered it yourself.

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