Aman: Secure Belief Like a Tent Peg
Updated: Mar 18
Mainstream Christianity has popularized the idea that belief is a simple mental acknowledgment, a personal feeling, or gut conviction. But this word in Hebrew, aman, carries an even deeper meaning.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes [aman] in it will not be disturbed. Isaiah 28:16 ESV
This word aman is used in Isaiah 22:23 describing a tent peg securely fastened in the ground, able to withstand any storm.
See also: Aman--Steadfast, Loyal Support
Another picture of aman is the stability a breastfeeding infant feels in his mother's arms.
Aman means firm, secure, permanent, reliable, faithful.
The widely used word "Amen" is derived from "Aman" meaning "Truly!" and "Let it be so." This is the word Jesus used to emphasize something: "Truly, Truly, I say to you..." (John 5:24 ESV).
The very first use of the word aman in scripture is in this verse:
[Abram] believed [aman] the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6 ESV
In other words, Abram was "firm" in God. He showed faithfulness in action by obeying God, no matter what his circumstances or feelings.
Throughout scripture, God and His Word are described as "aman"--perfect in his faithfulness. When we fail, he remains steady!
Thank you, Yeshua, for Your steadfast faithfulness toward me! Heal my heart where I have been torn by the storms around me. Help me remember Your goodness, Your faithfulness, and believe in You no matter what. Show me where my actions do not line up with my belief and help me to obey You wholeheartedly!
Deuteronomy 7:9; 32:4
Isaiah 49:7; 65:16
2 Corinthians 1:20
Revelation 3:14; 19:11
Psalm 19:7; 93:5; 111:7; 119:66; 85:10