Aman – Believe

Beresheit (Genesis) 15:6: And he believed in Yahweh; and he counted it to him for righteousness.


 The Apostle Sha’ul (Paul) when speaking to the taught ones in Rome and the Roman provinces echoed this leading scripture passage in the Epistles to the Romans – Romiyim (Romans) 4:3For what saith the scripture? Avraham believed Elohim, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
 What did belief mean to Avraham (Abraham) to the Hebrew people of His days, and to what should we gain from their understanding? The word believed/believe/belief comes from the Hebrew word “amanאָמַן (H539 – ä·man) which means “to support, confirm, be faithful, uphold, nourish, to be established, verified, be faithful, be carried, make firm/stand firm, to trust, to be certain, to believe in.” Let’s now look at the word and examine the pictographical meaning:



 Looking at the picture, we have a picture of “a mother (aleph and mem) and a son (nun), or more appropriately, a mother with a baby in her arms.” By extension, we can easily see why the word was defined as to nourish, to be firm (so that the baby is not dropped), to support, to believe (through reassurance in the arms of the mother/father), and to trust. We move away from some of the commonly defined meanings, we can also see this picture – “the strong son’s blood (Mem is usually defined as water, chaos, or blood).” We should be grateful for the sacrifice of our Messiah and the belief which we have gained through His death and resurrection – through His blood!
 Aman, as referenced in another Hebrew word study (see Truth study for more information),  is the primitive root for the words Amein/Amen (to make firm/to let be), Emunah (Faith/faithfulness), Emet (truth) – so many of the tenets of our faith and scriptural understanding!


The first instance of Aman

Beresheit (Genesis) 15:6: And he believed in Yahweh; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
 – As prefaced in the opening of this word study, Father Avraham was called by Yahweh to leave Ur of the Chaldees, to become not just a man of Yahweh, but a set-apart nation. It is through His belief that he was established as the Father of many nations (that’s what Avraham means), and it is through His Struggles and Victories that we have an excellent witness and testimony to what living for Yahweh means (with His word written in our innermost parts/heart). That is also why it is written in Galatians for our admonition this way –
  Galatiyim (Galatians) 3:26-29:
   (26) For you are all sons of Elohim through belief in Messiah Yahushua. 
   (27) For as many of you as were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah.
   (28) There is no Yehudi nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Messiah.
   (29) And if you are of Messiah, then you are seed of Avraham, and heirs according to the promise.
– We have a direct connection from Messiah back to promise of Avraham – a nation of peoples, a royal priesthood built through belief in the promises of Yahweh and sealing of salvation upon those with belief in Yahushua Messiah.


Other Instances of Aman

Shemoth (Exodus) 4:1And Mosheh (Moses) answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, “Elohim hath not appeared unto you.” 
– Mosheh’s big concern, aside from not having the right words to lead the Children of Yisra’el out of Mitsrayim (Egypt), was also concerned that they would not believe him – that He was the deliverer that they had been praying for for over 400 years. Yahweh bestowed upon Mosheh awesome wonders to prove that he indeed spoke to Mosheh and that he (Mosheh) was chosen to be the Children of Yisra’el’s deliverer. Because they did not have the belief of their Fathers, Avraham, Yitshaq, and Ya’aqov (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), Yahweh had to resort to working miracles that they could believe with their senses until they internalized it and foster the seed of faith growing within them.


Bemidbar (Numbers) 14:11And Yahweh said unto Mosheh, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be until they believe me, for all the signs which I have shown among them?  
– As we spoke in the previous example, even after the years in the wilderness, they still were lacking belief despite all they had witnessed. It reminds me of the teachings of Messiah in the parable of the sower, particularly the seed that fell on the rocks:
     Luços (Luke) 8:6, 13:
    (8) “And other fell on rock, and when it grew up, it withered because it had no moisture (no depth of soil in Mat 13:5)”
   (13) “And those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy. And these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of trial fall away.” 
It is essential that we have belief based on a deeply root faith, otherwise we will be like those who died in the wilderness who stood accused as being stiff-necked and faithless.


Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:9: Know therefore that Yahweh your Elohim, he is Elohim, the faithful Elohim, which keeps covenant and compassion with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations…” 
– Our Heavenly Father is the epitome of faithfulness, firmness, trust, and support. All of those varying definitions of “aman” can be substituted and not lose any meaning.  
Tehellim (Psalms) 119:66Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. 
Mishlé (Proverbs) 11:13One who brings gossip betrays a confidence, But one who is of a trustworthy spirit is one who keeps a secret.



There are over 108 references to the Hebrew word “Aman” in the Scriptures and several references to Belief in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament). I challenge you to seek them out so that on your journey on the paths of righteousness, you may deepen your faith and root your belief in our Messiah Yahushua whose blood was poured out for your salvation. May Yahweh be esteemed in all things! Shalom Aleichem.