“A” Is For Abra
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14. And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16. To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:"
There are lots of things on my mind now; and lots of things on my heart. As I looked again at this passage in Galatians I see how closely aligned this message is to that of 2 Peter 2 and Jude.
I’ve had two dreams, but the details are fuzzy, not as vivid as some of the others. The first one, which was yesterday was a landscape full of lightning. It was dark and the sky was tempestuous. I was standing on a hill and I felt the wind whipping my hair around. My arms were out and I was waiting until God was done. That was the only remembrance of that dream.
Another dream I had was only a voice telling me to stay the course and go not the left or the right of it. I am not the worker of the things that will come to pass, I do not control them, I am not going to talk God out of the details I do not like, nor do I want to. Everything He has shown me that has come to an end or a new beginning has filled me with wonder and awe of His wisdom. But the wrungs of the ladder or the various stones on the path can be painful to endure – if we only endure.
If we knew every stone before God put it before us without knowing all the other parts, would we willing go? So God has told us the beginning, and He has told us the end. He is the Alpha and the Omega, and He has declared the end from the beginning. If we are strong enough to keep the faith in that, it will be only a matter of time before He fills in the other pieces for us, if we stand up for Him.
In the scriptures, both Peter and Paul express joy in suffering for His name. And no one truly understands what that means until they are presented with the opportunity to sacrifice themselves for the will of God.
Not every sacrifice is about death or physical torture; but those of a spiritual or emotional nature are at times no less painful. And if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it - Case in point: Abraham fought for Lot who’s family was about to be destroyed with the city of Sodom in Genesis 13 and 14 through 19. Abraham bartered with God, asking if he would spare the city if there were even just one righteous man found there.
God sent angels to deliver Lot and his family from the city. It wouldn’t be until Genesis 22 that God would put Abraham to the test – give up his only son, whom he loved to save others from their sins; the very son upon whom God’s covenant with Abraham would begin.
Abraham suffered a personal and lonely pain. No one knew; not his wife Sarah, not the men he brought with him who stayed below as he took Isaac up on that mountain – Abraham alone knew what he was asked of God. Really, who else could he have told who would have understood that kind of faith?
Abra to Abra
We have been through the meaning of the name “Abram” and “Abraham”, “Hebrew”, “Ibrim”, “Ivrim” and “Ivri” and “Israel” by “Isra/Ezra” + “El”.
We also covered the word “abracadabra” and I had noticed that “Abra” was both a prefix and a suffix at the end of that word. It reminded me of the “I am the Alpha and Omega” in Revelation. “Abraham’s Nation” was the last article we discussed this. We didn’t follow through with comparing Abraham to Abra – cadabra.
According to the popular version of the definition, Abracadabra means “I create what I speak”. According to the sources we found for that article:
Abba = Father
Abram = High father
Abraham = Father of a multitude
Remember the “multitude” in Revelation 7:9-14 that no man could number, in addition to the one hundred forty and four thousand which were they which came out of the great tribulation and who were washed white with the blood of the lamb. Those are the same who became children of Abraham through faith in Christ, and the same great nation God covenanted to Abraham through his seed, which is Christ.
Abba to Abra takes us from “Father” to “High Father”. How then does “Abra” in “Abracadabra” become “I create”? Remember, they broke up the word, not I:
Etymology Online states:
The first part of Abraham’s name and previous “Abram” begins with Abra, which makes up the first and the last of the “magical formula” asserted above.
If “Abba”means “father” and Abram” means “high father”, and “Abraham” means “Father of a multitude, I decided to test this out.
In the Bible, “Abram” became “Abraham” in Genesis 17, and God says:
"As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee."
God said “for a father of many nations have I made thee”.
Abra being the common denominator in “Abram” and “Abraham”. Father of, where “Abba” means “father”.
“Abra-ham” if we take that apart, there are several origins of “ham” beginning with Noah’s second son, “Ham”. In German “hama” means “together with; same as”. But in the Greek it is also part of Hamartia which defines “hama” as “failure, falt, to err, sin”.
So then Abra-ham would be not “high father” but “father” of “sinners” or “sin”. It could also be “father who brings together”. If “Abram” means “high father” then perhaps the progression of his name to Abraham means “He who brings together many to God”? That would of course fall in line with the covenant and promise God made to Abraham – because since we are all sinners, through Abraham’s seed, which is Christ, we are brought together as one in Christ, with God.
So “Abracadabra” with it’s “abra” at the beginning and the end means . . . what?
“Abra” = father or father of:
Abh = Abra or Abba (Remember the “fricative /h/” and the Spiritus Lenis in the “Aleph/Alaph” meaning Spirit of God/breath of God/breath of life.
Abra = from Abh meaning Father.
I searched out “cada” out of Abra-cada minus the end “abra”. Cada by itself resulted in nothing.
However I found “cada” in several other words which broke up or were separated by “cada”:
Cada or cadere or “ptoma” = to fall
This would effectively translate “abracadabra” to “abra-cad-abra” or “Father fallen” or “Father to fall”.
Another one for “cada” which would also fit, this one meaning “lands”:
Cata = down from or down to (stair, Jacob’s ladder?)
Kata = against
Those that are against God, who “came down” from God or “left their habitation”, or “kept not their first estate”; reference to “stair” or lands “by the line” or “street called Straight” would reference the deceiver who envied God’s creation or those who were “created in the image” of God.
I found another large portion of Abraham’s name in the German derived “Brabant”:
A-brahha-m = Newly broken land
Newly broken land. What was God’s first command to Abram/Abraham?
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:"
Their explanation again for “abracadabra”:
The other “magical” word, ananizapta is also interesting. Broken up into its syllables I was able to find:
“Ana” = back, backward, against and also means “again” such as in “ana-baptist” or “ana-gossip”.
Ize = Word forming element used to make verbs.
Ana + nize = possible “to go against” or “he who goes against” or “to repeat”, which would agree with "Kata" or "cata" - "against" (against the Father).
So then Ananizapta could mean “the repeated act of seeking to grasp,take, attain” - "against the Father".
This could be the meaning behind their “magical” words and in collection with ‘abracadabra’ appears rather ominous – to again attempt to attain what is the Father’s.
We also have some other additions to the prefix use of “abra”:
This was found in the “origin” of “abracadabra”.
Abra – xas (father +)
Abra + Xas: To “exasperate” the Father; to “irritate” or “provoke”? (provoke me to anger, Deut. 32:21)
Imagine, they have kids all over the world, wanting to be “magicians” who use the word “abracadabra” without even knowing the hatred of God behind it.
Abraham was from the land of “Ur”.
It means “Original” or “Out of Original”. Remember the land of “Ur” which Abraham lived before God sent him away, was in the same area later called “Assyria” which was the land of Asshur, the son of Shem. Abraham was only nine generations down from Shem. Aleppo for which is so named for the first letter of the Semitic alphabet, which area was also part of “Ur”, (meaning “earliest” or “from original”).
Ur was once a coastal city in what is now Southern Iraq. The origin of the name is rather interesting:
Remember the “Urim and Thummim” (lights and perfections) and the relation to the “Uracil” (ability to absorb light) and “Thymine”? We learned that “Uriah” (name of David’s captain of his army) means “Flame of the Lord”, and that “Thyme” means “rise in a cloud”.
Uriah means “flame of the Lord” then “Uri” must mean “flame”. Original flame? Stones of fire?
“Urim” means “the abode”. It also means “lights” or “flame”. Ur means “original” or “earliest”.
On “Abraham’s Nation” we discovered this also:
Again, “Abracadabra” is another provocation against God by those that want you to believe it is a power word using God’s name.
None of this is an exact science. Even the scholars word their definitions as "could mean" and "when used with" to come up with their interpretations. The closest way to determine is sometimes looking at how parts of words are used in parts of other words or names within the same subject and it's relationship to that name or word.
In prayer I had asked God “where do you want me to go from here. This I prayed in the evening, and by morning, I had an answer; Two actually.
One came from another blogger whom I follow, which quoted the verses from Galatians 1 concerning those following “another gospel” not of Christ.
The second struck me in reviewing what people search for on the blog and a name came up that I had not really done an in-depth study on and had only mentioned a few times in relation to other scripture.
I read the scripture; most of his story takes place between the book of Numbers chapters 22-24, when Noah was still alive. As I read those two chapters, I tried to understand how Balaam went from being a prophet to a bad guy, because it doesn't say this in those two chapters. I found it in subsequent chapters, other Books of the Bible and into the New Testament.
As a matter of fact, Balaam is used as an example through most of the Bible.
The question that formed in my mind:
What did Balaam do to make God angry?
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