Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Beloved Names of God...series ...Abba

"And he said, Abba, Father, all things at possible unto thee;
take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Mark 14:36 kjv
  • Name of God the Father
  • God is referred to as "Abba" three times in the kjv.
  • Abba, in Aramaic, is the familiar version of "Father," the equivalent to the modern "Daddy."
  • Jesus was facing His imminent crucifixion and in possibly His most intimate conversation with God, He asked if there was any way He might avoid His fate- before submitting His will completely.
In the early New Testament books, God is the mighty Creator; addressed with reverence, awe, and more than a little fear. And in the time just before Jesus, the title of Abba, or Father, came into popular use, implying a more familiar; loving relationship.
Jesus is the bridge between the older, more formal relationship between man and God and the closer, one-to-one relationship we now have with Him. In Mark 14:36, Jesus addresses God in the most familiar of terms, like a scared child asking his daddy for help. God remained silent and watched as His son was taken away to His trial and execution. Callous? Hard-hearted? Or weeping silently? No longer Jehovah "the smiter," we now recognize God as a generous Father who suffered for our sake.
Next week we will look at the name ~ "Rain upon the Mown Grass" this is one I am not familiar with- are you?

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