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.
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