• Eden forms Gethsemane

    6 April, 2017

    In the familiarity of a deep and personal closeness the Lord responds to His disciples' question - teach us to pray.

    One of His disciples said to Jesus, Lord teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples. He said to them, when you pray say: FATHER hallowed be your name... (Luke 11:1-2)

    Jesus' counsel to His own is to see the God of heaven as their personal father; address Him accordingly.

    Later in Gethsemane Jesus addresses His same father in heaven in the dearest of terms - Abba Father:

    ‘Abba, Father,’ He said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me... (Mark 14:36) 

    Within this cameo of Divine relationships Jesus recaptures Eden through the words Abba Father. To Jesus and His siblings (that's us) the invitation of Eden becomes daddy - for that is what Abba Father means.

    Jesus instructs His followers to view the Father as Adam did and not as the Pharisees. The fearsome God of Sinai isn't the God Adam knew. Adam knew a daddy who provided, trusted, empowered, instructed, counselled, questioned, walked and lived love beside His first son and daughter. This is the Father Jesus knew too. He is the perfect model of daddy.

    From his gifted word-smithing Brennan Manning captures the pulse of Abba Father when he explains it as:

    the cry of the heart for intimate belonging.

    Abba Father is so often obscured from sight through our poor role models (despite their good intentions). The Israelites I suspect may have blindly lived in no idea of a gentle God, one who longs for intimacy.

    Abba Father is not the dad who thunders from mountaintops in the middle of deserts or under a canopy of lightning shredded clouds; He is the God who glides through gardens, listening alongside those He loves, especially those in tears.

    The father of Eden is the same father in Gethsemane, the same one who wants to live near you today. 

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    Pray today for your tomorrow depends upon it.

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