November 9th, 2017
Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz
Isaiah 8:1-4 (KJB) Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. 3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
The prophet Isaiah was told by God to record this name Maher-shalal-hash-baz in the presence of Uriah the priest and Zechariah. This recording was for the purpose of predicting a future birth of a son who was to be so named.
This was no ordinary name but one with great length, a tongue twister of sorts: Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
This name does have a divine meaning and therefore there was a divine purpose in being led to use this name for this particular child. It means different things according to who defined it in history. It has to do with the spoils of a ruined land. It was used to point to the spoil of Damascus and Samaria because of the divine impending doom coming to these ancient areas.
Yes, God has a reason and a purpose for everything that happens, even in the names which are purposed to be given to a young child such as Maher-shalal-hash-baz. God perhaps can still lead a parent towards choosing a name for a newborn infant today, however, that does not seem to happen as much as it did in ancient times. Names seem to have little significance in today’s world. Perhaps that is because fewer and fewer people choose to be involved in a personal relationship with God.
It used to be that often people would be given a clear reason from God, for the naming their children. When parents named a baby in more recent history, many parents would elect a name to use taken from The Bible. Today, it seems some of the names for infants are so strange or inconsistent that there is no rhyme or reason for how or why they come about other than their parents perhaps choosing names completely at random.