Question:What does Immanuel mean?
Bible Answer: The word Immanuel appears three
times in the Bible.
The word "Immanuel" occurs two times in the Old
Testament. The first time is at the announcement that Jesus would be
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold,
a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name
Immanuel. (NASB) Isaiah 7:14
Some have said that the Hebrew word for "virgin" should be
simply young woman. But that is not exactly correct since the word means
young unmarried woman. God is giving us a sign - a virgin gives birth
to a child. Is it a sign when a married woman gives birth? If all that
God is saying is that a sexually active woman gives birth, we must ask, "What
kind of sign is that?" The conclusion is obvious. The passage is
referring to a virgin giving birth. Now, that is the sign! It is a sign
of Immanuel - Jesus!
The next time Immanuel occurs in the Bible is in the next
chapter of Isaiah.
Then it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and
pass through, it will reach even to the neck; and the spread of its wings
will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel. (NASB) Isaiah 8:8
Here it says that God - immanuel - owns the land of Israel. This means
that immanuel lived before He became a human baby. What is the meaning
of Immanuel? The apostle Matthew answers our question in the Gospel of
BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BEAR
A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL, which translated
means, GOD WITH US. (NASB) Matt. 1:23
Conclusion:Immanuel means "God with us." That
is who Jesus is - our God!