Moreover, they did not require an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the money to pay to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully. 2 Kings 12:15 NASB
Dealt faithfully – Perhaps you’ve noticed some very odd things about the Hebrew community of Torah; things that seem unimaginable in our culture. For example, we never read about jails or policemen or family courts. We don’t read about kosher groceries as opposed to other choices. And in this verse, we discover something else that seems unimaginable to us. There is no ledger accounting for donations. Why? The answer is the same for all these odd circumstances. ‘Emunah. “’emunah coveys the idea of inner stability, integrity, conscientiousness, cleanliness, which is essential for any responsible service.” We recognize this in the word derivatives like ‘amen and ‘emet, but we might not associate the concept with cleanliness and accounting. In Hebrew, faith is seen in action and that action is based on the certainty of God’s words. In other words, if God says it, I do it. That is the Hebrew idea of faith. It is not cognitive rational explanation, a sequence of creedal affirmations or the arrangement of theological categories. Faith is doing what God asks and expects. When I do what God asks, I have faith (I am faithful). When I do not do what God asks, I do not have faith (I am unfaithful). Therefore, it is fairly easy to determine if a man or woman has faith in God. What do they do? Do they act according to God’s instructions or not? If they do, they are faithful. If they don’t, they aren’t.
And it doesn’t much matter what they say about it.
This statement in 2 Kings helps us see the practical outworking of ‘emunah. It wasn’t necessary to ask for an accounting of the donations because these men were known for their faithfulness. They had acted according to God’s instructions in the past and their reputations made further calculations unnecessary. God was their accountant. Other men simply recognized this.
Do you think we could say the same thing about ourselves? Is God our chef? Is He our housecleaner? Is He our landlord, our investment broker, our teacher? All of these roles display ‘emunah if they are in alignment with His words. When others observe our lives, do they see faithfulness in us – a faithfulness that is easily recognizable as God’s hands and feet in the world? Are our actions distinctively different from the culture that cares nothing about God’s purposes? Or do we look the same with a few religious stickers over our lives?
Topical Index: ‘emunah, faith, certainty, 2 Kings 12:15, ‘aman
 Jepsen, ‘aman, TDOT, Vol. 1, p. 317.