By: Tiffany Ann Lewis
“…Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36b)
God said it – just believe it…is a phrase I saw on a bumper sticker years ago. The goal of the bumper sticker was to evoke childlike faith. However, it did just the opposite in my mind. I remember thinking to myself, “easier said than done”. You see, when your house is falling down, your health is failing, and your finances are dwindling it’s hard to keep believing. In moments like these we may even wonder, “What did God say?” Or even worse, “Did He really mean it? Is it really so?” This is something humanity has wrestled with from the beginning of time.
In Genesis 1, we have the first record of God speaking. At the head of all things, God’s Spirit was hovering over the face of confusion, the waters of chaos, circling over the darkness, brooding over it. Then suddenly God spoke the intentions of His heart and as you know, what He said came to pass bringing order out of chaos.
Everything God said/says, past, present, and future will come to pass and has the power to bring order out of chaos. Yet, since the beginning, the slippery serpent has been messing with the minds of God’s kids attempting to pluck the seed, “His words” right out of our hearts with one simple question, “Did God really say? Did God really ‘amar?” (see Gen 3:1) It is the classic deception from the enemy of our souls because he knows that God’s word has the power to calm our chaos.
However, the very word that the serpent uses to stumble us with, “Did God really ‘amar/say,” is actually the chief cornerstone to our house of faith. Let me show you what I mean.
The Hebrew word for say/said is ‘Amar. (Strong’s #559) It’s a root word that is found nearly 5000 times in the bible. ‘Amar is spelled: aleph, mem, resh. These three little letters are found three times in the book of Ezra and have brought order and peace to my own moments of darkness, chaos, and confusion.
Now, Ezra didn’t use this word to explain something God said, no it’s way better than that. Ezra uses this word to define the lambs that were brought to the restored Temple for sacrifice. “And whatever they need–young bulls, rams, and lambs for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the request of the priests who are in Jerusalem–let it be given them day by day without fail,” (Ezra 6:9) The word here for “lambs” is ‘immar (Strong’s #563) which comes from the Aramaic root “amar (strong’s #560) in the sense of bringing forth and is connected the root we have been studying, ‘amar (Strong’s #559).
Are you still tracking with me? It’s easy to get confused. Here is a link from Crosswalk’s bible study tools for further study. (Click on the word lamb for the Hebrew Lexicon).
The bottom line of this word search is that the Word of God stands up for its self and it cannot deny itself. It supports and confirms itself. It’s all hidden right within His word. This is the mortar that will hold our house of hope together when the devil is trying to get us to doubt the fullness of God’s intentions, to doubt what God said. This isn’t just a type and shadow this is a truth that is inscribed in the Word of God forever, in His own Holy language!
Jesus Christ is both the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) and the Word of God made flesh to dwell among us (John 1:14). He is the total message from God’s heart to ours. The Holy Spirit is still hovering today bringing forth/ reminding us of all that Jesus said (see John 14). That which God utters into the darkness, void, chaos and confusion in our lives has the power to bring forth order and perfection.
Why did Ezra choose to use this word? Only the Spirit of God knows but Scripture reveals that the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (see Ephesians 6:17). Therefore, I’m going to use it as a sword to cut through the lies of the enemy.
The Word that God has spoken, His promises, do not change. God is the same yesterday today and forever and His blood – the very blood of the Lamb, still speaks. Let’s choose to listen to His voice and believe what He says. Amen and Amen.