See more posts by Sabbath School Lesson After desiring their good, showing sympathy, and ministering to their needs, Jesus “won their confidence.” Confidence in Latin is composed of the words con, meaning “with,” and fides meaning “faith.” Throughout the Bible several words are employed to get across the meaning of the word faith . Image © Rolf Jansson from GoodSalt.com In Hebrew the main root for “faith” is amn , from which we get the word amen. The basic idea is that of constancy, continuity, and reliability. It gives the idea of something solid, firm, in which one can trust and believe. It is often translated as “believe” in the context of a saving faith in God, and in another form it means “truth.” In the context of Christ’s example of winning people’s confidence, the implication would be that of evoking the kind of trust that comes from seeing unwavering and solid commitment, which in the case of Jesus came through mingling with, sympathizing with, and serving the people.
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