His name said a mouth full! God is my Judge. Think of the power behind that name!
In fact, most of the children in the Bible were named by their father. One did not, Benjamin, Rachel’s and Jacob’s boy. His mother was dying giving birth to him and wanted to call him Ben-Oni. Meaning “son of my sorrow.” Dad said no, he intervenes and renames the boy child Benjamin--meaning “Son of my right hand.”
As with our lives, few of us were named by ourselves. You could change your name in a court of law. Ten Million: Baseball player from the 1910s. Moon Unit Zappa, Reverend Canaan Banana, first President of Zimbabwe. An American man changed his name to Trout Fishing in America. Will Power: Australian Champ Car driver. A daughter of a Texas Governor Hogg named Ima Hogg. What were they thinking?
Our Name is important for a few reasons:
All over the New Testament, you can read of people who were named: Simon, Agabus, Timothy, Bar-Jesus, Rhoda, Cornelius, Saul, Tabitha, Gamaliel, Lazarus, Nicodemus. Why? Names are important. Does God know your name?
IS that the depth of the knowing? Just our names? Do we really know each other that well? Are we even wanting to know people?
As far as our relationship with God, in the Person of Jesus, the Bible teaches us that there is not one way to build a relationship with Him, but several--... but only one way to KNOW Him. To come to Him with whatever you are dealing with--your pain, joy, hurt, problems, conflicts, sins, anger, frustrations, burdens, worries, hatred, whatever you have, but come to Him through Jesus alone.
Therein you will find forgiveness. There you will find peace. You will find His love. Become clean before Him. All the sin was washed away by the Blood He shed on the Cross. By His Strips we are healed. He took the punishment for our sins SO THAT we do not have to! He suffered on our behalf, so that once we place our Faith in Him, God, when He looks on us, only sees the Blood of His Dear Son covering us and declares us redeemed!
Once our sins are covered and the penalty is paid by Jesus, THEN community begins. We are given our new name: Redeemed by the Blood of Jesus. 1. This identifies us as to Who’s we are.
2. Your name gives you HOPE.
In Job, almost 20 times hope is expressed. 33 times in Psalms. Hope is a main benefit to the Believer.
Spring has been springing up here in Kotesashi much more fervently than we are used to seeing. The warmer air is causing the sweet smells of new life in the gardens and the sounds of birds in the parks to fill everyone here with hopes of a summer to come.
Some of that hope may be found to be false. We are seeing stories of food riots and shortages in nations around the world caused by the high price of gasoline and a weaker economy. It looks like this world - and our future - is not the secure place we'd like to think it is. We would like to think that we'd be safe and could avoid the effects of such a conflict. That is a naïve hope, however.
The only sure place to be in these days is in a vital relationship with God in Jesus Christ. People used to say things like that because they were preaching. Not any more; instead, that is a simple truth and a fact of life.
Now, we need to remember in an active way, what the Lord has shone us...what He’d want us to remember.