The Meaning Of Immanuel
By One For Israel Staff Dec 19, 2019
The word Immanuel gets banded around a lot at this time of the year due to one of the most startling Messianic prophecies there is:
Therefore Adonai Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive. When she is giving birth to a son, she will call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Immanuel, Emmanuel, Emanuel – like Hanukkah, there are several ways to spell it in English, but in Hebrew it is two words: עִמָּנוּ אֵל – with-us God, or God with us.
This promise to come and be with us does not just suddenly appear in Isaiah 7 – God’s intention to come and live among us is transcribed all throughout Scripture. He’s thought this through and planned His visit very well.
The temporary tent of meeting
Back in the Garden of Eden, God and Adam walked together in the cool of the day. The close fellowship God once had with humanity is something His heart longs for and grieved for when it was lost. God’s love for us and desire to be with us is seen in action as He creates an environment in which sin can be dealt with and fellowship restored:
I will set My Tabernacle among you, and My soul will not abhor you. I will walk among you and will be your God, and you will be My people. (Leviticus 26:11-12)