Today was the first day of Hello Mornings and we are studying the Gospel of Matthew. I think our first day went pretty well which is exciting. We had a lot of communication and comments which is nice. These ladies ROCK!
It is pretty funny, one of the women picked the same word I did to dive deeper into and that was Emmanuel or Immanuel. I learned quite a bit in hunting down the Greek and Hebrew of this word and its occurances in the original KJV text.
Emmanuel appears 1 time in the Bible and it is in Matthew 1:23. It is a proper masculine noun and it means “God with us”.
“The titled applied to the Messiah, born of a virgin MT 1:23 IS 7:14 because Jesus was God united with man, and showed that God was dwelling with man”
Thayers Greek Lexicon says: “Saviour, a name given to Christ by Matthew 1:23 after Isaiah 7:14 According to orthodox interpretation the name denotes the same as (some word not in English) and has reference to the personal union of the human nature of the divine in Christ”
Now onto Hebrew
Immanuel is a proper masculine noun
Appears 2 times Isa 7:14 and Isa 8:8
Immanuel means “God with us” OR “with us is God”
“Symbolic and prophetic name of the Messiah, the Christ, prophesying that He would be born of a virgin and would be ‘God with us’ ”
Now, for a lot of you this is probably boring but to me it is pretty awesome because we know that Isaiah was written approx. 1000 years before Matthew was and throughout the entire Hebrew text the word ONLY appears in Isaiah, in the exact same context that Matthew uses the word!
It also was a shock because I would have thought that this word would have been used far more throughout the Bible because it is such an important word in scripture. I did not know that it originally only appeared so few times, so few in fact that it probably should have been missed by people reading the text as there are words that appear thousands of times. This word is so powerful that it stood out!
I am definitely impressed by this word and getting to know it and its roots in the Bible. I am excited to know even more words in both Hebrew and Greek from the Bible and their importance as well as their original meanings. Last session w studied Jonah and I researched quite a few different Hebrew words and it was really interesting.
This is an easy thing to do and is completely free online! Definitely recommend this to anyone who has an extra couple of minutes, you never know what treasures you will find!