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Bible 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 virgin born.

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 Matthew.

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!

 

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