Psalm 68:5 says, “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. ‘ab(ahv) Father; forefather; producer of a certain thing. A very simple word, ‘ab is supposed to be one of the first words a baby can speak. The Aramaic form of ‘ab is ‘abba, which has become common in modern Hebrew as the word Israeli children use for “daddy.”
Jesus in Mark 14:36 applied this toddler’s word to His divine Father. Romans 8:15 When we pray Father it is the Holy Spirit in us who is teaching us to do so. Many compound names of ‘ab are in the Old Testament such as “Abraham, “Father of a multitude”; ‘Abimelech, “My Father is King”; ‘Abshalom, “Father of Peace.”
Sometimes ‘ab does not refer to a physical father so much as it does to architect, builder, creator, and the one who causes something to be. For instance, a “father of evil” is someone who produces evil. Jesus described Satan as the “father of lies.”
‘AB used in the context of “creator” and “producer” is applied to the Lord Jesus who is ‘abi-’ad, the “Everlasting Father,” or more literally, the “Father of Eternity.” Isaiah 9:6. This word study is from the Babbler (strongs#4691) of Cracked-Pot. Thanks for stopping by.
by Manny Rodriquez
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Chris, i checked into your blog and about fell of my chair. You are very kind and i thank you. I hope to somehow inspire folks to read the Bible with expectation. To behold the beauty and intimacy of the Word of God. I think simplicity can bring an awesome awareness of the heart of God to His creation.
Thank you for your brotherly love.
How could I not let people know about your blog? You are very welcome, my friend.
Your intentions are clear. You wish others to know our Lord in a personal way and I think your new blog will help them. I am really enjoying and learning from the “Cracked-pot.” I hope others will do so too.
God’s blessings my brother…
Chris, God is indeed Abba Father for me and so much more besides. argh…It’s awesome to think of Christ’s perspective of “Abba.” think of i: God has a Father!. It reminds me of a scene in the movie “Passion of the Christ.” did you see it?
In the scene when Jesus is being nailed to the Cross, he loudly cries, “A A AAABA…A A AAAABA…they….don’t know….what….they’re….doing…..” in Aramaic of course. I well up thinking about it. What a price He paid. Like Paul said, “to know Christ and Him crucified” really speaks peace to me. blessings, brother
I didn’t see the movie. I don’t think I could handle it but I still believe it was worse than the movie depicted (according to those who have shared with me what they’ve seen). Despite all of the physical abuse Jesus took, he also had the sins of the world on his shoulders. I will never understand that kind of love, but I understand it enough. As you have written: “What a price He paid.” And what a great scripture. Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. I am glad that we share the same peace.
God’s blessings my sister in Christ…