Meaning and History
The word amen means ‘so be it’(as found in the early scriptures of the Bible), is a word of Biblical Hebrew origin. The word originated in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy) as a confirmatory response made by the people. Moreover, in the Books of Chronicles 16:36, it is indicated that around 1000 BC, the word was used in its religious sense, with the people responding “Amen” upon hearing the blessing.
The word occurs in the Old Testament 30 times; in Deuteronomy alone 12 times beginning at Deuteronomy 27:15. The fixed phrase ‘Amen, Amen’ is seen 5 times – Psalm 41:13; 72:19; 89:52; Numbers 5:22; Nehemiah 8:6. It is also translated as ‘of truth’ 2 times in Isaiah 65:16.
The word occurs 52 times in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), the Gospel of John has 25 and various letters of Paul are scatter with the word AMEN.
5 Reasons why you need to Always say a better “AMEN”
Today, the purpose of the Amen is lost, this is because many do not know the importance of the word Amen. In this write-up I will give you 5 reason why you should always say a better Amen.
- AMEN means SO BE IT: The word AMEN, confirms or allows what a person says to be made manifest in one’s life. It shows both physically and spiritually that you agree with the utterances or blessings that has been declared.
- AMEN is AFFIRMATIVE: The word AMEN is affirmative, the declaration of the word is always with seriousness (Faith), sincerity and sometimes a bit of aggressiveness.
- AMEN means IT IS SETTLED: The understanding of the word AMEN matters a lot to its usage. In the Bible, there are certain promises and declarations that are AMEN. Your ability to recognize this will make a lot of difference in your life. Examples are “All God’s promises have been fullfilled in Christ with resounding Yes and through Christ, Amen (1 Cor. 1:20). (Romans 16:27) To God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ forever Amen. The scripture above is not a prayer, but a settled declaration, a statement that cannot be altered.
- AMEN draws more POWER: I believe many of the points above may be familiar to you, but your believe in them matters to its manifestation. Let me explain this point with an illustration, “A man stays on the pulpit ministering, preaching, making pronouncement and declaring blessings. The power that comes out depends on the response with a good and resounding amen. When you say a better and resounding amen with faith you draw more power from God’s well of blessing than what was pronounced by the man of God. Another illustration to this is that in most settings only one child of God is making a declaration but a lot of children of God are at the receiving end making the result come speedily.
- AMEN contributes to the SERVICE: You singular and power AMEN is a contribution to the service. It gives the man of God more feedbacks and Revelation. You might not understand this point until you are behind the microphone and being used by God.
It is important to know, believe and cultivate the habit to always say a better AMEN to blessings, spiritual pronunciation and prophesies. It is also ultimate priority to take notice of statements from the bible that are AMEN.