Abba & Number 4

One of my favourite Hebrew words is Abba meaning Father.  Often I will breathe in and out to the sound of the word when I am relaxing into a state of meditation and prayer, breathing in to the ‘ab’ and breathing out to the ‘ba’ but with a sound like ‘bah’ extending the process.  You know that deep sounding sigh of relief.  It is quite relaxing.

So I got to thinking about Abba and its numerical value using the Hebrew language values.  In Hebrew there are no vowels so what we are left with is ‘bb’.  B has a value of 2, therefore the wo

Abba is only used three times in the KJV bible version:

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.”

When we read the words of Scripture that do call upon “Abba, Father” they are heart felt cries to him. That is how I am feeling when I think of his name Abba; invoking the nurturing and loving aspects of a Father who cares deeply about me and who wishes me

Romans 8-15 Abba-Father
Abba, Father — We Call Out to You — Abba

only the best.

I do not utter the name Abba other than in a performance of reverence and gratitude for His great Love that keeps me warm and safe in His embrace.

I guarantee, if you try and speak the word, you too will feel the love that vibrates through your entire being.

Here is some further information on the word Abba as found in Strong’s Greek-Hebrew Lexicon:


Abba Numerical Value – 4

Number 4 is representative of the Creative Works of YHWH.  It pertains to God’s earthly, “under the sun” creative works.  Four references in the Scriptures include the following:

  • 4 corners of the earth (Rev 7:1)
  • 4 cardinal directions of N, S, E, and W
  • 4 phases of the moon
  • 4 elements of earth, fire, water and air (was going to say ‘wind’ but I guess it’s because I thought of that great band from the 80’s ‘Earth Wind & Fire’)
  • 4 rivers of Paradise (Gen 2:10)
  • 4 winds of heaven (Jerm 49:36 Matt 24:31
  • 4 things that make up the universe – time, energy, space and matter
  • 4 seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter
  • 4 divisions of the day – morning, noon, evening and midnight. Now that’s weird that midnight is set out as a dividing time of the day; sure it is the cutting off line for day and night.  I think it is important to remember that the evening (sundown) is the beginning of a new day, not dawn.
  • 4 generals who took over Alexander’s kingdom
  • 4 world empires (beasts) of Daniel
  • 4 horns – Gentile powers of Zechariah
  • 4 Guardians of the throne of YHWH
  • 4 horsemen who will bring calamity on earth (Rev 6:1-8)
  • 4 acts of Judgment: sword, famine, evil beasts and pestilence, with which YHWH condemns the idolaters of Jerusalem (Ezek 14:21)

I find it a powerful statement that two letters, not even different letters, can hold such meaning and power.

It yet again emphasis the importance of every letter or sound we utter, think, speak, write, paint; create in any format.

Mystical Number 4

When we look into the mystical aspects of number 4 we find that there is overlap in the areas of Mother Earth, which makes sense, because all the mystical tales and stories, things we’ve called fables or ‘fairytales’ are mysterious, mystical; out of earth’s realm so to speak for most people who live lives solely in response to their earthly body’s attributes.

  • number of stability, order and completion of justice
  • number of the earth and mankind
  • number of the square
  • symbolizes building a strong foundation
  • four cardinal points: North – South – East – West
  • four winds
  • four phases of the moon
  • four seasons

In the West we have four elements: earth – air – fire – water.

Number 4 – A Perfect Number

The Pythagoreans:

  • believed the number four, the Tetrad, was a perfect number
  • taught that the Tetrad symbolized God
  • in Pythagorean philosophy there are four parts to the soul:
  • mind – opinion – science – sense

The Four-Leaf Clover

The four leaf clover is believed to bring luck to the finder, especially if it is found unexpectedly. Each of the four leaves symbolizes something special:

  • hope
  • faith
  • love
  • luck

I didn’t know that about the clover, and I am guessing it doesn’t matter which leaf I decide holds which meaning.


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