Then all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.
And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying,“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
Then Ezra blessed the Lord the great God. And all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
14 The Levites shall recite to all the people of Israel in a loud voice:
15 “Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.”
Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
THE END ??
Today we conclude our series of devotions on the Lord's prayer with a look at one word and that word is Amen. I don't know what you think of when you say the word Amen, I'll be honest, for years I thought of it as simply a Bible way of saying the end. I mean all the prayers in church always ended with it, so it made sense to me, Amen was just saying the end, that's all I have for now God.
Now some years ago in studying the scriptures some of which are above in our Bible Readings section today. I discovered that that little word did not mean the end, that is all for now, but that it was a little word packed with rich meaning. So, let's look at this little word for a moment today.
Amen is a Hebrew word that means reliable, firm, true, sure or to have certainty. In the Bible it is used as affirmation to something that is declared. Deuteronomy 27 is a great example of this, Moses describes how the Levite’s should read the law and how people should respond: “cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol ….Then all the people shall say, Amen…. God's word is spoken, and the people affirm their agreement and obedience to God's word with the little word Amen.
In the New Testament, when Jesus made an important statement he would often introduce it with the words “Amen, Amen,” now this is often translated in our modern English bibles as “verily, verily,” or “I tell you the truth.” (John 3:3, 5) In this kind of context Amen serves as words of assurance that what is being spoken is not only important but is true. We affirm that all God's promises are reliable, and in Jesus Christ God has said YES to us in a way that cannot be doubted. I love those words from second Corinthians 1:20 that says, “no matter how many promises God has made, they are yes in Christ. and so through him the amen is spoken by us to the glory of God.” Jesus himself is referred to in the Book of Revelation as“the Amen,”because he is the truth, he is reliable, he is the “faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.”
I believe what's really important for us to understand about that little word Amen is then it means that when we pray, we do not pray with an attitude of “maybe” or “I hope so” but we pray with a certainty, we pray in faith, we claim the promises of God that are yes to us in Jesus. That is after all what Jesus taught in Mark 11:22-25, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
So, lets put the Lord’s prayer altogether now,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
For the kingdom
and the power
and the glory are yours forever.
The petitions in this prayer are certain and true because of who Our Father in heaven is!! Because his is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
Here is a worship song from Don Moen to conclude today.