Monday, August 29, 2016

What does the word “Sabaoth” mean?

You may have read this word before in your Bible and just assumed that it was the word “Sabbath” spelled differently, but that is not the case. This word is found twice in the New Testament in Romans 9:29 and James 5:4.
  • And just as Isaiah foretold, "UNLESS THE LORD OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY, WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE SODOM, AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED GOMORRAH.” (Romans 9:29 NASB)
  • Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. (James 5:4 NASB)
The word “Sabaoth” is a transliteration of a Greek word which was a transliteration of a Hebrew word. The word is often translated as “hosts” or “armies”. This word emphasizes the power of God. God has the power to provide for his followers and to punish the wicked. This is the case in James 5:4, God hears the cries of the mistreated and thus, He is angry. James’ point is, “you do not want to make the Lord of “Hosts” (armies and angels) mad!

The word “sabaoth” does not mean “Sabbath”,  but instead it is a word that represents the great power of Almighty God.

By Cliff Sabroe (Quotes from NASB, Image from Reddit)