As I start this new series, I would like to dedicate this series and thank my sister in the Lord and my personal computer whiz Barbie Swihart Hernandez. She helped give my web page a new look, she organized it to where you will be able to find things easier. She is an amazing writer. She has a book, Coffee Talk with Jesus and her blog is My Freshly Brewed Life and she will be writing on the Attributes of God A-Z. Then we both will link our post with a challenge to write from A-Z through the month of April. There are 26 letters to the alphabet and if you do not count Sundays there are 26 days to write and my topic:
Abbá – “Father,” also used as the term of tender endearment by a beloved child – i.e. in an affectionate, dependent relationship with their father; “daddy,” “papa.”
From the Strong’s Concordance,
Original Word: Ἀββᾶ
Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable
Phonetic Spelling: (ab-bah’)
Short Definition: Father
Definition: Abba, Father.
In November 1995 I visited Jerusalem. Words to describe Israel are as difficult to find as it is to describe God and His amazing attributes. As I visited the Garden of Gethsemane and the room where the last supper occurred, I felt profoundly sad yet in awe as I felt His Spirit stir within me. As I walked the road to the cross in Israel, Via Dolorosa the image of what Jesus carrying His cross etched in my mind.
Beloved, what our Lord and Savior was willing to do for each of us!
This week as we reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus, we read the name ABBA the attribute of God in Mark 14:36. ABBA is the attribute that I want to reflect on for the A in our A-Z challenge in the month of April.
In Mark 14, later in this chapter Jesus is at the Garden of Gethsemane. He and his disciples have gone to pray. Mark 14 records that Jesus’ anointed at Bethany, he shares a last meal with his disciples and declares two betrayals, one for Judas and yes even our beloved Peter will deny Christ. His disciples are with him in the garden, but he has left them and is a little further in the garden alone. He asked them to stay behind and pray.
We have a glimpse of Jesus as he kneels before God and cries out, let’s listen in to the words recorded in Mark 14:36: “Abba, Father,” Jesus said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Beloved, we know that it was God’s will that His only Son become a sacrifice, Jesus,the perfect Lamb, is spoken of in Isaiah 53:6.
Because of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection those of us who believe on Jesus Christ as our personal savior we have the right to be called the children of God.
We have an Abba Daddy in Heaven just as Jesus does. We are adopted by God. He is our ABBA, Father, Our Papa, Our Daddy. Beloved, God adores you.
Abba Father God, I come to you today and I declare you my Abba Father. Lord there may be a woman who has not has a great role model in her earthly father so I ask Lord that you to soften her heart just a little more today. Thank you that you adopted us we have received the ability to cry out to you Abba, Father.
Beloved if you struggle with God being your daddy, will you confess this to Him today, that He is not like your earthly father and He will not ever leave or forsake you. He desires for you to call him ABBA.