Word Nerd Wednesday – Emmanuel

My dear friend Susan Mead is back with us this week for our last word of the year. And it is the perfect word for the week after celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Emmanuel. God with us. Oh the joy of exploring this name of God! Y’all, I know God is good when I literally hear Emmanuel ringing out on Sirius XM Radio as I begin to dig deep into the meaning of this beautiful name to share with you.

So off we go exploring Hebrew, Greek and Wikipedia for a better understanding.

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In Judaism the name עמנואל (“Immanuel”) is not applied to the messiah, as is done in Christianity. Did you know that? I did not!

The Isaiah passage and the name “Emmanuel” are cited in the Gospel of Matthew and applied to the virgin conception and birth of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, known as Christ, according to Wikipedia.

Heads up – take notice of the difference as you read the Hebrew definition versus the Greek definition and WHERE these versions of the name Immanuel or Emmanuel are cited in the Bible. What is Old Testament and New Testament usage? Interesting…

According to Strong’s Concordance, Immanuel means “with us is God,” and is the name of a child. The Original Word is עִמָּ֫נוּאֵ֫ל, transliteration is Immanuel, pronounced (im-maw-noo-ale’).

In the NAS Exhaustive Concordance, the Word Origin is from im and el and the definition “with us is God,” the name of a child. Yet this name is NOT attached to the Messiah in Judaism.

Immanuel occurs two times in the NASB Translation, both in Isaiah.

I love what is found in Brown-Driver-Briggs. עִמָּנוּאֵל is a proper name, masculine Immanuel (with us is God); — ׳י Isaiah 7:14 it is the name of child, symbolizing the presence of ׳י to deliver his people. DELIVER HIS PEOPLE!

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

Deliver us, Your children, O Lord God, Immanuel.

Followed by — עִמָּנוּ אֵל Isaiah 8:8,10 with a declaration of trust and confidence, with us is God!

8 and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,

    passing through it and reaching up to the neck.

Its outspread wings will cover the breadth of your land,


9 Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered!

    Listen, all you distant lands.

Prepare for battle, and be shattered!

    Prepare for battle, and be shattered!

10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;

    propose your plan, but it will not stand,

    for God is with us.

Isaiah 8:8-10 (NIV)

Now off to the Greek interpretation of the word Emmanuel.

In Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Emmanuel is of Hebrew origin (Immanuw’el) and means God with us. Emmanuel is a name of Christ – O Emmanuel! Glorious!

According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, Ἐμμανουήλ, ὁ, Immanuel (from עִמָּנוּ and אֵל; God with us) is equivalent to savior, a name given to Christ by Matthew in verse Matthew 1:23, after Isaiah 7:14.

According to the Englishman’s Concordance, Strong’s Greek 1694 has 1 Occurrence and it is found in the New Testament.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us).”

Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

According to the orthodox interpretation the name denotes the same as θεανθρωπος (ok, LOL! It’s Greek to me…literally! You too?). Yet here is the power of that word. It has reference to the personal union of the human nature and the divine in Christ.

Divinity touched humanity

And walked upon this earth.

A son. His Son

Was birthed.

Holy Lord God

Almighty King.

Let our voices sing

Praises to You

In all You do.

For in Him no bone

Was broken.

For You have spoken

To all humanity.

Glory! Let it be.

On Earth

As it is in Heaven.

And we sing Glory Hallelujah.

Emmanuel, God is with us indeed!

If you do not stand firm in your faith,

    you will not stand at all.’

Isaiah 7:9b (NIV)

Yes, as declaration of trust and confidence that GOD IS WITH US, even in the midst of doubt, destruction and devastation. Indeed, God is with us. How comforting.

We cry out in praise Emmanuel! Stand firm in your faith for God is with us.


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8 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday – Emmanuel

  1. I love etymology – from the birth of a word to its evolution to sometimes its devolution – so I heartily enjoyed this! Emmanuel is one of my favorite words – it always brings me peace! Praying with both have a “God is with us” year!. Shalom! ~Maryleigh

  2. On Wednesday of this week the words Emmanuel God With Us came up for me three times in one day. I take notice when that happens. So I wanted to dig into it and see what God is wanting me to hear. Thank you.

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