Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Value of A Name

Oh, how I love Sundays! I feel like David when he wrote in Psalms, "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord."  There is such peace when I walk into church and hear the worship of those around me and feel the presence of the Holy One.

My pastor's father-in-law preached this sunny morning on "The Name."  The name of Jesus, that is. He went into some Greek words and the meaning behind them (however, I forget a lot of them!), but something I do remember is that the Jewish people so reverenced God that they would not even write the word "Yahweh" but changed it to Adonai.  We're not even sure if that is actually how you spell it since they replaced it. Also, when you see the word "LORD" (all caps), it means "Yahweh." Another interesting bit of information is that Yeshua and Joshua mean "Jesus" or "Yahweh Savior."

Therefore, if you read Isaiah 12:2-4, you can read it like this, "Behold, God is my salvation (Jesus); I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah (Yahweh Jehovah) is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation (Jesus).  And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted."  

There is value in our name.  Most people associate a name with a face.  When a certain name is mentioned, we may also get emotional.  When someone mentions "Hitler," we immediately think "evil."  It does not conjure up warm, fuzzy feelings, but feelings of anger and death.  

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." (Proverbs 22:1)  Those are powerful words!  Our actions and what they are saying becomes who we are!  When others hear our name, do they think "Christian" or "Hypocrite?"  When we become Christians and take on Jesus' name in baptism, we become a new person.  It is our responsibility to represent that name in a righteous manner (NOT self-righteous...because all have sinned!),  

In conclusion, I leave you with this phrase from Ecclesiastes 7, "A good name is better than precious ointment."  Rather, it's more valuable than the most expensive perfume...so don't sell it for a cheap substitute!

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