The Great Amen!
September 1, 2004

C. R. Oliver

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September 1, 2004

The Great Amen!

Buried deep in all scripture is an underground river of affirmation from both God and man. Everything is based on a sealed covenant, sealed by blood and word. What man often fails to recognize is that most of the covenants and steadfast contracts between God and man actually are a dual or double contract. It is true that just one side need speak to make a thing eternally true, for whenever God says, "I will establish," there is no one who can "dis-establish." God is sovereign. However, there seems to be anticipation from the Lord, which more or less cries out to His creation: "Agree with Me on this; sign the papers with Me; seal the covenant with Me."

Sometimes, such sealing is not apparent. For instance, when the scripture says, "And Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness," the reader is often deprived of knowing the background of the word "believe." It is a form of "aman," which can be rendered in English, "confirm, support, be established, believe." In other words, it is a word connected to the act of "sealing." Abraham "amaned"[1] God and it was counted as righteousness. "Amen" comes from this word but carries nothing of the sealing aspect originally connoted. One of the derivatives available to translators is "establish." Abraham established (amaned) the word on earth that God spoke in the heavenlies, and it was counted as righteousness.

Jesus used this seal in the New Testament whenever He said, "verily, verily." Paul however, understanding the significance of the sealing aspect, often chose, under the Spirit, the word "establish." Passages like: Romans 3:31 "Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish (aman) the law." Negatively, the following passage reveals a wrong affirmation: Romans 10:3 "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish (aman) their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God."

Strong's #539 (aman) fills a page when a search is made in reference to it. Isaiah 53:1is a perfect example: "Who hath believed (amaned, sealed) our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?" The probing quality of this verse demands attention. More than a rhetorical issue, this verse reaches for a soul commitment. The response of the saint is, "I believe (aman) it, for the arm of the Lord is revealed to me."

In a day when compromise is demanded and stalwart stands are remanded, who will AMAN the Lord? Jeremiah 42:5 "Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful (539, aman) witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us." Saints need to hear men and women of God with such confidence that they can truly AMAN every word as from the Lord. Yet, in this generation of skepticism, who commands such assurance? Pulpits, fellowships, Bible study groups would do well to dwell on affirming God's Word.

Deep in the following passage are covenant affirmations (Matt 16:19-20) "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Although the word AMAN is not used here, the sealing affirmation is found here. Cooperation between heaven and earth is the Key to the Kingdom. Walking as "amaners" just like Abraham, we have tremendous authority to seal and unseal matters upon the earth and in heaven.

No small treatise like this one can fathom the depths of such power. Look at the blessing of the "amaner:" (Psalms 31:23) "O love the LORD, all ye His saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful (Strong # 539, the Amaners), and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer." Look at the judgment of those who do not "Aman:" (Psalms 78:21-23) "Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Because they believed (539, amaned not) not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven."

Those scriptures which are "amaned" by us are the only ones that we can truthfully use! Speaking of Jesus, David said it best, (Psalms 89:26-37) "He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast (aman) with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful (aman, 539) witness in heaven. Selah."

As wonderful as John 5:24 is, it begins with the biblical "aman." Those who seek to stand on its assurances but also "aman" it within themselves. Such sealing is absolutely demanded in Scripture.

Perhaps as the days continue into darkness and more people recognize His provision and hand on them, they will be like the children of Israel, Ps 106:12 "Then believed (539, amaned) they his words; they sang his praise."

[1] Editors, The New Open Bible Study Edition, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1990, pg. 23

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.


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