Know The Name
“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.” (Daniel 1:1-7)
Today’s Morsel: When I am teaching on the Oneness of God and we are discussing the name and titles of God, I always like to ask my class what their name means. Most people have never investigated the meaning of their name. When Daniel, Hananiah, and Mishael, and Azariah were taken into slavery, their names were changed to Belteshazzar, Shadrach, and Meshach, and Abednego. The name Daniel means Judge of God. The name Hananiah means Jah (Jehovah) has favored. The name Mishael means who (is) what God (is). And Azariah means Jah (Jehovah) has helped. But when the king changed their names to Babylonia names, it gave them no meaning at all. Isaiah wrote concerning Jesus, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Matthew wrote, “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23) “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.” (Matthew 1:25) Jehovah is Salvation. If you give your children names that mean nothing, they just may grow-up and become such.
Sing: His name is Wonderful. His name is Wonderful. His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord. He is the Mighty King, Master of everything, His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
Thought For Today: Rufus means a Christian (See Romans 16:13) What does your name mean?