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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 4, 2019

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MONDAY, February 4

Galatians 4:6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Paul greets each of his audiences throughout his New Testament epistles with the salutation of “grace and peace,” combining typical greetings of two cultures that comprise the early church. Grace (charis) is Paul’s play on the formal Greek greeting of chairein, while peace is a nod to the traditional Hebrew greeting of shalom.

We see Paul emphasize another Greek and Hebrew word combination here in Galatians. “Abba” is a transliteration of the Aramaic word for Father. (Aramaic is the dialect spoken by Jews in Jesus’ day, including Jesus himself.) But Paul does not use only the Hebrew word for Father: He includes the Greek word as well. “Abba! Father!” By using both of these words, Paul says more than we might initially think: Those who cry out “Father!” in any language are children of God.

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time you had a heart-to-heart with Abba?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mahajanga (Indian Ocean)

Ps 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65 | Isaiah 51:17-23 | Galatians 4:1-11 | Mark 7:24-37



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