Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Awmatz--Courage That is Already There

The Hebrew word “awmatz” appears nine times in the Old Testament. It can refer to establishing something that is already there, or increasing what is already there. Seven times it is part of the phrase, “Be strong and of a good courage.” Awmatz requires strength because what you have is under attack, and you have to establish or increase it under pressure. It is twice translated “courageous,” and both times it follows the command “Be strong.”

Once again, awmatz is not a spiritual gift. You are commanded to be strong and use it.