What’s in a name? Some people have names that have a specific meaning. Others are family names that have been passed down over generations, and have come to carry certain expectations. Many names affect the way the name bearer is perceived by other, or even the way they perceive themselves. And some names are generic with no intrinsic meaning. Other names are never forgotten. So what is in a name?
In the Bible, there are many examples of names that have meaning. There are numerous names that are changed to give new meaning to the name bearer. For example, God changed Abram;s name to Abraham, or ‘father of many nations, ‘ Sarai’s name to Sarah, or ‘mother of many nations,’ from Saul to Paul, and both Esther and Peter had their name changed. These are not the end to that list, so one can conclude that, in the Bible, names are important.
In this new sermon series, we will be exploring a few of the names for God and their meaning. The hope is that by the end of the series, we will come to know God a little better and to know what God means to us, personally.
Last week, we looked at the story of Moses and the burning bush, where God tells Moses that he is called “I AM.” This tells us of a God that is always present, always here with us. God is always in the present with us. This coming Sunday we will be looking at God’s name of “Jehovah-Rapha.” Come this Sunday to see what God’s name will tell us.