In some of the litergical traditions, January 1 is the Feast of the Holy Name, which remembers Jesus’ presentation in the temple (Luke 2:22-39.)
I am intrigued by words, especially names.  Even when we don’t know their meanings, what we are called greatly affects us:  How we feel about ourselves, whether we like the name we have been given; the images and characteristics a particular name brings to mind.
Then, there are the nicknames that get assigned to us.  They can be as powerful as our given ones.
The Bible is full of stories about names and their importance.  When Jacob told the angel that he would not let him go until the angel blessed him, his name was changed from “Supplanter” or “Swindler” to “One who wrestled with God.”  (Jacob to Israel.)


God says a lot about his own name.  He says we are to honor it and not take it in vain.
Jesus has the Name that is above all names.


Of all the plays on words in Scripture, my absolute favorite is this:  The Holy Spirit impregnates Miriam (Mary in Greek) which means, “rebellious, disobedient, bitter or strong” and we get Yeshua (Jesus) “God Saves.”  Emmanuel, “God With Us.”  How wonderful is that!


One application that comes to mind is this:  God is not put off or undone by human rebellion or disobedience; instead, He knows exactly what to do about it.  I’m so grateful for this: “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5)

God came into our desperate situation and saved us.  He delivered us from the hand of our enemy.  He knew how helpless we were and rescued us.


He still does that today.  Sometimes, I think my name should mean, “helpless Babe.”  Apart from God, I can do nothing.  I can’t figure things out, see what’s coming or understand deeper meanings, unless God reveals all of that.  Even if I have half a clue, I can’t prosper apart from God.  I am utterly in need of Him.

God has many names (or descriptions)
Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Healer, Provider, Protector, Shield, Creator, Comforter, Helper, Teacher…
What is your favorite name for God?

About lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

Posted on January 2, 2016, in Bible verses, essays, musings and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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