Deuteronomy 33:3 -- "Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words."
[Note: The bold, underlined words refer to God Himself. In this verse, the word "thy" refers to Jesus Christ (who is God the Son) before He was born, as a baby, in Bethlehem. It was Jesus Christ, in His glory, who Moses saw (but not His face) on Mt. Sinai. Jesus appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18 and as the "angel of the LORD" or "captain of the LORD'S host" to other people, including Joshua in Joshua 5. The "angel of the LORD" appeared to Samson's parents in Judges 13. The Hebrew word for angel is malak (Strong's #4397). Malak refers to a "messenger," "king," "angel," or an "ambassador." The word "angel" is just another way of saying "messenger" or "ambassador." Jesus Christ is the "messenger of the covenant" in Malachi 3:1.]
|(The prodigal son is embraced by his father. See Luke 15.|
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The word for loved in Deuteronomy 33:3 is chabab (Strong's #2245) in Hebrew. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance defines chabab as: "A primitive root (compare chaba', chabah); properly, to hide (as in the bosom), i.e. To cherish (with affection) -- love."
➡ Webster's 1828 dictionary defines bosom as: "... 1. The breast ... 2. The folds or covering of clothes about the breast. ... 3. Embrace, as with arms ; inclosure [sic] ; compass ; often implying friendship or affection ; ..." (Webster)
➡ Let's focus on the word compass. In the same dictionary, compass (verb transitive) is defined as: "... 1. To stretch round ; ... hence, to inclose [sic], encircle ... as, to compass with the arms. 2. To surround ; ..." (Webster)
Abba God hides us believers in His bosom (close to His breast) and embraces us (His son or daughter) with His loving arms because He is our affectionate, loving, Abba Father (See Galatians 4:6-7).
➡ The word cherish is in the definition for chabab. Webster's 1828 dictionary defines cherish as: "1. To treat with tenderness and affection ; to give warmth, ease or comfort to. ... 2. To hold as dear ; to embrace with affection ; to foster, and encourage ; ..." (Webster)
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In His great, Fatherly love for us, Abba God cherishes us believers. He has tenderness and affection for us. We are very dear to God, and He has warm feelings toward us, and holds us in His affectionate embrace. Abba God the Father hides in His bosom those who rest in Him because He is the loving, caring Abba Father. He comforts as we look to Him and rest in His embrace. (Abba God gives grace and peace to us believers. He also gives us comfort and consolation. See 2 Corinthians 1:2-4.)
➽ We need to focus on who God is and place into His hands the lies we have believed about Him (2 Corinthians 10:5). God is love, according to 1 John 4:16. He has great, longing, personal, tender, delighting-in-us, affectionate phileó love for believers (if we love Jesus. See John 16:27). But, He also has great, benevolent, affectionate agapé love, which is unconditional love, both for born-again Christians and lost souls (John 3:16).
Learn about God's other types of love in:
(1) this article about Aheb (aw-hab') (Affectionate Love)
(2) this article about God's Phileó love and His Koinónia fellowship with us
(3) this article about God's Checed (lovingkindness and devotion to us believers).
|(Abba Father God showed his love for us by sending|
Jesus Christ to be the sacrificial Lamb,
who came to die for our sins,
and rise from the dead,
to cleanse us from sin by His blood.
See Romans 5 and John 1:29.)
➠ If you would like to know Abba God the Father and Jesus Christ (God the Son), and be saved from sin, click here to read more.