July 20th, 2016
What Is In A Name?
And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz. (Isaiah 8:3 KJV)
Isaiah is the one speaking in this verse, and the prophetess he mentions is his wife. God inspired Isaiah to record this specific event in His Word so that mankind could perpetually look upon this event and gain insight and wisdom from it.
Isn’t it interesting to note that God told Isaiah exactly what to name his son and gave him such an interesting name: Mahershalalhashbaz. I cannot even begin to spell it or pronounce it, but God had a specific purpose in commanding Isaiah to use this tongue tangling name prophetic in nature and speaking of impending disaster to come to the King of Assyria.
God also visited Zachariah through the presence of an angel and commanded him to name his son John (Luke chapter 1). Zachariah was rendered mute until the birth of his son due to his unbelief about the name the angel delivered to him (Luke 1:20.)
God has always been interested and involved in every detail of our lives. Names had great significance in both the Old and New Testament times and were recorded In God’s Word because He deemed it necessary in the accounting of history.
Often people name their children nonchalantly today. Some choose to name them after famous people who have reached great heights in this world, or create a new catchy unusual name which is certain to gain attention; a few may still choose to use biblical names, but many give little or no biblical thought in the naming their children.
A name is important! God had a reason for introducing particular names in certain situations in biblical times. Drawing names out of God’s Word rather than choosing insignificant names from this world must be pleasing to God.