what is His name
30:4 what is His name. Agur was certainly familiar with the name of God as Creator (that is, Elohim—see verse 5) and His name as the eternally existing one (that is, Jehovah—see Proverbs 30:9), but he did not know the name associated with having a Son. It is noteworthy that the Hebrew word for father, ab, occurs over five hundred times in the Old Testament, but never in addressing God in prayer, not even in the many prayers in the books of Psalms. Yet, when He came into the world, He taught us to address God as “Our Father” (e.g., Matthew 6:9). When Christ Himself prayed, especially in His hour of greatest stress, He prayed “Abba, Father” (Mark 14:36). A reasonable answer to Agur’s question, therefore, is that the name of God in relation to the Son is simply “Ab,” or “Abba,” the Aramaic equivalent. Unlike the ancient Israelites, we now feel very comfortable in addressing God as “Father”—or even as “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6).