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Divine Punctuation

Amen (Matt 6:13)

Finally Jesus closes His model prayer  using the word Amen. The word “amen” is not like the ham radio sign off – “over and out!” It is not us telling God we are done now, or worse that we are now dismissing Him.

Amen, when used at the end of a sentence has the implication – “let it come to pass.” Jesus uses this word often. The striking thing about the way Jesus uses this word is where it comes in His sentences.

Jesus starts His sentences with ‘amen’. The thing is that when He does this it is usually rendered truly or verily. In looking this word up, I was impressed by the following information about this ancient word in

Thayer's - Greek English Lexicon

“The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best known word in human speech. The word is directly related -- in fact, almost identical -- to the Hebrew word for "believe" (amam), or faithful. Thus, it came to mean "sure" or "truly", an expression of absolute trust and confidence.

Today, not only our prayers, but our lives need to be punctuated with Amen – fore and aft! [Tweet This]

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