Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's in a Name

"To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out."  (John 10:3)

   Names in the Bible carry a lot of weight and meaning.  Abraham's son Isaac's name means "laughter" because Sarah, his mohter, laughed when she heard the angel says she'd have a son in old age.  What picture comes to your mind when you hear the names Ruth, Naomi, Rahab, Jezebel, Mary?  You will either have pleasant or unpleasant thoughts when certain names are mentioned.

   My father was given the name Benjamin Franklin after the famous Pennsylvania inventor and statesman.  The early pioneers gave their children names such as Charity, Joy, Purity, Angel, etc. hoping their lives would reflect the meaning of the names given. 

   The Bible tells us that Jesus' name is above every name, and at his name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is LORD.  We are also told that everyone who embraces Jesus Christ will have their name indelibly printed in the Lamb's Book of LIfe.  Someday those names will be read with great joy by our Father in heaven. 

    Is your name written in the book?


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