Bible Lessons, Inspiration

Why Men Are Unable To Say “Amen”

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In an effort to make a strong point in a sermon, identifying the number of times a word appears throughout the scriptures can have an impact.  With the exception of simple words such as and, as, that, the, to, etc., the word Lord appears 7,365 times, more than any other word in the Bible.  Certainly this is impressive.  But when compared to 783,137 total words in the Bible, Lord appears only at a rate of 0.0094%.  Yet, the word to be identified in this article is amen which appears 73 times.  Mathematically, that’s only at a rate of 0.0000932149%.  So, with identifying the number of times the word amen appears throughout scripture, how does this prove it has impact?

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First, consider the number of times you hear the word amen stated during worship service.  Seemingly, it is done without coercion among the pews.  At other times, ministers instruct the audience to say amen that they might be in agreement with their statements.  The impact of this word is synonymous with the quote un-quote Christian worship service.  Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not against the body of Christ saying amen during worship.  In fact, when a person agrees with God’s word and not man’s word, I welcome it.  However, there are Biblical examples “Why Men Are Unable To Say Amen”.

Second, understand the meaning of amen.  In Hebrew, it means sure, faithfulness, truly, so be it.  It was properly used when a person or a group of people confirmed the words of another.  Under the Law of Moses, the law of jealousy existed, that when a husband suspected his wife had committed adultery, he was to take her before the priest who would have her to drink dirty water to prove her guilt or innocence.  And this happens to be the first occasion that amen is found in scripture, “And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen (Num 5:22).  Submitting unto the law, the women would state her innocent twice by answering “Amen, amen”.  But if she be found a liar she consented “so be it” as to her punishment which was stoning.  In Greek, amen is figurative for that which is trustworthy.  It is translated truly and is used to emphasize the speaker’s strong belief in what he had to say, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matt 5:18).

Third, there are Biblical reasons why men are unable to say amen.  Jesus oftentimes made his audiences stand in awe of him.  1) When he preached “the eyes of all were fastened on him” (Lu 4:16-20).  2) When he spoke men were left to “wonder at this gracious words” (Lu 4:21-22).  3) As a teacher the people were “astonished” by him (Mt 5:1-2; 7:28-29).  4) The people truly considered his “wisdom and mighty works” (Mt 13:55).  5) Jesus also caused individuals to question his social status (Mt 13:56, John 8:57-58).  Men and women were simply a gasp concerning him and could not say amen.

Other reasons are given why men are unable to say amen religiously.  When men are not made to understand God’s word they can’t say amen.  1) Because of Corinth’s desire for the gift of tongues more than all other spiritual gifts they failed to uplift and to edify the church as a whole (I Cor. 14:12).  2) Because Corinth abused the spiritual gifts their communication was barbaric, and thus misunderstood (I Cor. 14:10-11).  3) When false doctrine, philosophy, theory, and academia is taught, men are forced into occupying the room of the unlearned and cannot properly say “amen” taking God at his word (Acts 17:2I-23; I Cor. 14:15-19; 9).

You are cordially invited to experience our worship services and mid-week Bible studies at the Beltway church of Christ where we express to God first, and before others Amen and Amen!

Markus Martin

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Markus Martin is the Senior Minister at Beltway Church of Christ

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