Abba, Father: What does it mean?

Psalm-103-13

On the day after Father’s Day, we are still reflecting on fathers and looking at what the Scripture say about God and fathers. Psalm 103:13, the Verse of the Day, for June 16, 2014 talks of the qualities of God as a father:

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Other related scriptures include:

Proverbs 3:12

For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

1 Thessalonians 2:11

As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children.

Ephesians 1:3:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

God is our father: We have the privilege, not just to call God, “our Father”, but we can call him “Abba, Father”

Abba, Father:

The word “Abba,” is a transliteration of the word “Father.” Since no English word adequately conveys the meaning of the Aramaic word, “Abba,” the translators use the transliteration of the term. The word conveys a close intimacy that is reserved for parents and children. We might compare the word to “Dad” or “Daddy” or “Poppa” or some other term of endearment, but such translations do not really express the closeness implied by the term. Here are three places where the expression is used.

Mark 14:36

And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Romans 8:15

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Galatians 4:6

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Maranatha! Singers offer a rendition of “Abba Father/We Give You Glory” from a collection entitled “Abba: 18 songs to the Father.”

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