Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I've been reading a fascinating reference work written by the late Dr. Louis Goldberg called God, Torah, Messiah. Dr. Goldberg was long time Professor of Theology and Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute. This book looks at the essential doctrines of the Christian faith as seen through the eyes of a Messianic Jew. It is rich in Hebrew context and provides a much needed perspective for our Western mindset, especially when studying the Old Testament (or Old Covenant according to Goldberg). For instance, the Hebrew word aman is one of the words used to describe God's faithfulness in the OT. Its transliterated English equivalent is our familiar word "amen". Goldberg says, "When we say amen, we are affirming that God is the "Amen" God, the God who is faithful and the One in whom we have the utmost trust" p.260. So guess what? Every time we end our prayers with "Amen", we declare God's faithfulness! So, the next time you pray, end your prayer this way: In Jesus' name we pray, FAITHFUL.