About God
God Is One
One God and Father
God Is. . .
Ahab — Love
Aman, Faithful
What's in a Name?
God's Holy Days
Loyalty to God
All Authority
All Authority, 2
God Is Just
Glorifying God
God Is Language
How God Communicates
How God Communicates, 2
Body Language
Touched by the Word
God Rules
Fear of the Lord
Grace
Grace, 2
Why Ask God
Walking with God
Will of God, 1
Power of Love Within
Rely on God's Power
If God Be for Us
The Creator and Ruler
IT and the Word
Decoding the Word
Word Is Truth
God, the Creator
God Created the Commandments
God, the Healer
God Is Gracious
God Is for Us
God Is not a Man
The Eternal God
God Works
Providential God
God Is Light
God Is Wise
The God of Jesus
The God of Jesus, 2
God Exists
Trust in God
God's Power, 1
God's Power, 2
The Ahab — Love

Everyone has an opinion or concept of love. What’s yours? You might want to write down your thoughts on love before I develop what God has to say. I’ll wait a few moments while you pen your thinking . . . (While you are writing, pretend I’m playing the music for Final Jeopardy.)

Now you can contrast what you wrote with ahab, the love of the Bible. In Hebrew, words have root sounds rather than root meanings. Ahab is made up of two root sounds ah and, of course, ab. This newsletter beginning our sixth year is going to deal exclusively with the word study of ahab.

Love

Ahab means to have affection for (sexually or otherwise) according to Strong’s Concordance, from which all my definitions are derived. If you have this concordance, you can follow along.

What is it God loves? He loves justice and righteousness. Justice relates to God’s divine law found in the first five books of the Bible, particularly the Ten Commandments. God demands that any who disobey His Law must pay the death penalty. We have all broken the Law and deserve that penalty. But instead of assigning us all to a permanent death,
God, in His love, had His only begotten son, who never sinned, die in our place for us. Thus, his justice and love were fulfilled.

God loves righteousness, that is, doing right by faith. When we faithfully accept Jesus’s sacrifice for us and prove that faith by faithful obedience, we are made righteous. Then, when we demonstrate our love for God by keeping the Law of Justice, we are made in His image by loving the Law of Justice and acting in love by being righteous.

Psa. 11:7 For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness;
The upright will behold His face.
Psa. 31:23 ¶ O love the LORD, all you His godly ones!
The LORD preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
Psa. 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Father’s Love

One of the two root sounds of ahab is ab, father or abba, daddy. The heart of love rest on the strong shoulders of Our Father who is the epitome of righteousness. Our loving father is a wonderful provider, a powerful protector of his family, and a caring discipliner of his family. Our loving Father seeks to redeem His children from selfish stubborn waywardness to His righteousness, which is found in His commandments.

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The Aman, God Is Faithful

God says, “Trust me.” How and why do we trust Him, have faith in Him?

His Word defines that trust with several levels of understanding using the Hebrew’s roots sounds. As we will see faith has these levels of meaning: Caring, Covenant, Opportunity, True, Strength, Developing a Law abiding people, Speaking and Creating. Let us examine these root-sounds of faith.

539.aman [52d]; a prim. root; to confirm, support
 
With his head cocked to the side, He scrutinized the man and asked – do you have faith? The man stared back and asked, what is faith? Was the question that difficult? Another way of asking is, whom do you trust and why?
 
The first time aman appears in its root form is in Genesis below. Something made Abram believe what God promised. Not only did Abram believe what God promised, but also his believing was equated to righteousness.
 
Gen. 15:6 Then he believed (aman) the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
 
God told Abram to observe the stars. Why? Abram, unlike scientists today, knew that if God could create the heavens and earth, He could easily keep His promise.

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