Jun16SunJune 16, 2019
"For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." (Heb. 11:10)
The Ancient Hebrew pictograph for the Hebrew word “Ab”, which means “Father”, is a symbol which resembles the letter “G” laying on its back with straight lines instead of curved and an “ox head” with horns, slightly tilted to the right. The ox head represents strength, the “G” represents the tent. Combined, these mean "the strength of the house". This can be the tent poles which hold up the tent, the house, as well as the father who holds up the family, the household.
The father of the family provides the strength, support and structure to the household. The father fulfilled many functions for the family. He was the commander of the family army, provider of offspring to continue the family line, the priest and teacher. A father can be of the immediate family or a lineage such as Jacob who is the father of the Israelites. A father can also be the patron of a profession or art.
The strongest part of the house cannot be the walls, ceilings or beams which support the structure of the house. Walls can be punctured, ceilings can collapse, and beams can deteriorate by termites, dry-rot, or water damage. The strongest part of the house must be the foundation upon which the house is built. Since God’s Word calls the man father, which is an extension of Himself as Father, man then becomes the foundation, strength, support, and structure of what God calls, “Family”.
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(Cont’d next week.)