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           What is a name? We all have names and many of us do not have a clue as to where the name that we have come from. Sadly to say I at one time was a shame of my name. Only when I was in the U.S. Air Force. It was there that I was always made fun of when I told someone my name. Many times folks would pretend that they did not hear what I said when I said my name or they would say what or where did you get that so-in-so name from?


But as we look around and about us we all live somewhere that has a name. Some folks live in areas that are called bad names and some folks live in areas that are so called good names. Those in San Ramon, Ca. Who are able have names like Black Hark; Those in Brentwood, Ca. have Apple Hill; In Southen Calif. Have Beverly Hill.; Then we have where I live in Stockton, those who are able income wise live in Brook Side near the Water Front. Then you have other  who live in what is called The Mirrado.


If  “ It’s The Name “ Then What Is A Name?


            A label or designation that sets one person or place apart from another. But in the Bible a name is much more than just an identifier as it tends to be in our culture. We have names in our culture now that not even the person who has the name, know not what it mean nor can some of us pronounce it. (State some names )

But in the Bible personal names (and even place names) were formed from words that had their own meaning. Thus, the people of the Bible were very conscious of the meaning of names. They believed there was a vital connection between the name and the person it identified. A name somehow represented the nature of the person.

            This means that the naming of a baby was very important in the Bible. In choosing a name, the parents could reflect the circumstances of the child's birth, their own feelings, their gratitude to God, their hopes and prayers for the child, and their commitment of the child to God. The name Isaac reflected the "laughter" of his mother at his birth <Gen. 21:6>. Esau was named "hairy" because of his appearance. Jacob was named "supplanter" because he grasped his brother Esau's heel <Gen. 25:25-26>. Moses received his name because he was "drawn out" of the water.


Ex. 2:10

10        When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water."


            A popular custom of Bible times was to compose names by using the shortened forms of the divine name El or Ya (Je) as the beginning or ending syllable. Examples of this practice are Elisha, which means "God is salvation"; Daniel, "God is my judge"; Jehoiakim, "the Lord has established"; and Isaiah, "the Lord is salvation."

            Sometimes very specialized names, directly related to circumstances of the parents, were given to children. The prophet Isaiah was directed to name one of his children Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, meaning "speed the spoil, hasten the prey." This name was an allusion to the certain Assyrian invasion of the nation of Judah <Is. 8:3-4>. Hosea was instructed to name a daughter Lo-Ruhamah, "no mercy," and a son Lo-Ammi, "not my people." Both these names referred to God's displeasure with His people <Hos. 1:6-9>.

Hos. 1:6-9

6          Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call her Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them.

7          Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them-- not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the LORD their God."

8          After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son.


9          Then the LORD said, "Call him Lo-Ammi, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.




             The change of a name can also be of great importance in the Bible. Abram's name was changed to Abraham in connection with his new calling to be "a father of many nations" <Gen. 17:5> No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. (NIV)

  God gave Jacob the new name Israel ("God strives") because he "struggled with God and with men, and prevailed." We see where Jacob wrestled with God and with man all night. We know that Jacob was an ambitious deceiver, but here God changed his name from Jacob to Israel. We can farther see how the nation of Israel struggled with God along their history, but some how they managed to over come.


Gen. 32:28

28        Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."


Gen. 35:10

10        God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel." So he named him Israel.



            In the giving or taking of new names, often a crucial turning point in the person's life has been reached. Simon one of the twelve was given the name Peter because, as the first confessing apostle, he was the "rock" upon which the new community of the church would be built . Matthew 16:18

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (KJV)



Even though Peter is mention here, Peter was not the rock, thought the name Peter means rock.

Saul was renamed Paul, a Greek name that was appropriate for one who was destined to become the great apostle to the Gentiles.

            The connection between a name and the reality it signified is nowhere more important than in the names referring to God. The personal name of God revealed to Moses in the burning bush--" I AM WHO I AM"-- conveyed something of His character .

I am sure you remember when God was in dailog with Moses. And the conversation a was about Moses being the leader to get the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.

Ex. 3:13

13        Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, `What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?"

       14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: `I AM has sent me to you.'"

According to <Exodus 34:5-6>, when the Lord "proclaimed the name of the Lord," He added words that described His character.


Exodus 34:5-6

5          Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD.

6          And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,


The name of the Lord was virtually synonymous with His presence: "For your wondrous works declare that your name is near" <Ps. 75:1>. To know the name of God is thus to know God Himself <Ps. 91:14>. For this reason, to "take the name of the Lord your God in vain" <Ex. 20:7> is to act in any way that is inconsistent with the profession that He is the Lord God.

            The New Testament writers also emphasized the importance of names and the close relationship between names and what they mean. A striking illustration of this is <Acts 4:12>: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved." In this instance the name is again practically interchangeable with the reality which it represents.




            Jesus taught His disciples to pray, "Hallowed be Your name"

Matt. 6:9

9          "This, then, is how you should pray: "`Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,


The word Hallowed means the your are giveing revence to God, because His name is above all names. His name is a holy name, His name is a sactified name.

 Christians were described by the apostle Paul as those who "name the name of the Lord" <2 Tim. 2:19>. If you called on the name of the Lord you will turn away from your wickness. 

A true understanding of the exalted Jesus is often connected with a statement about His name. Thus, Jesus "has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name" than the angels .Heb. 1:4 tells us that his name is much more superior

to the angels names. According to Paul, "God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name"



Phil. 2:9-11.

9      Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

10      that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11      and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.





In St. John 17: 11 Jesus ask his Daddy

John 17:11

11        I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name-- the name you gave me-- so that they may be one as we are one.


Stewart Memorial Ushers I am sure that somewhere along these 49 long years of journey somebody or of you have gotten a little tired, weary, hungry, but John 6:48 tells us that;  he is the “Bread of Life”


Stewart Memorial some of you have been ushering for a long number of years, but you must not give up. Somewhere or sometimes folks have been down right mean and nasty to you. But do,nt give up and do’nt give in, and do’nt forget that; “It’s The Name” The Name that is the Cheif Cornerstone.

If you are going to have more Unity in 1996, It’s got to be on the Name

He is our Counselor (Isa. 9:6). He is our Foundation (Isa. 28:16)



John 8:58

58        "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"




Acts 4:10-12

10        : It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

11        He is "`the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.'

12        Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."


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