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What’s in a name? In today’s world we might be named after a relative, such as a grandparent, favorite aunt or uncle, or a parent; or a famous person such as an athlete, actor, or politician. Our last names usually come from our father’s surname. In my case, my first name comes from my material grandmother’s first name, my middle name comes from my mother’s name, and my last name, of course, is my father’s last name. However, in Biblical times, a person’s name had significant meaning beyond giving them the names of relatives, famous people, etc. The meaning behind a name often did give a clue about the character or calling of a person (see an extensive list of Biblical names and their meanings at this link). However, and even more significant, are the many names that represent the character and attributes of God in both the Old and New Testaments. As Psalm 148:13 states:

“Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth
and the heavens.”

Here are just a few of the many names of God from the Old Testament (source here):

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Elohim (God)
Qanna (Jealous)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

As the opening line states in the following blog post (see below) from “The Daily Way:

“In biblical times, a name often represented a person’s character or calling. The same can be true for us today. Our names can reflect who we are, and what character traits we have.”

The names we are given today may or may not represent our character or calling (usually not in the way Biblical names did, especially if we were named after a parent, favorite relative, athlete, actor, etc.). However, our names are still very important to us. If someone misspells or mispronounces our name we are usually quick to correct them. Our name is our identity. And names are even more important when we consider the names of God. His [God’s] names are a revelation of His nature, identity, and sovereignty” (quote from blog post below). Here’s a link (PDF format) to a comprehensive list of the names of God (238) in the Old Testament as well as more names of God and Jesus in the New Testament from WiredMinistries.org (click here). (The free Abode Acrobat reader for reading PDF files is available for download at this link.)

So what’s in a name, you ask?

Read on . . .

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~see reblogged post from “The Daily Way” titled “Everything’s in a Name” below~

The Daily Way

In biblical times, a name often represented a person’s character or calling. The same can be true for us today. Our names can reflect who we are, and what character traits we have.

If names are important to us, they are even more important when it comes to our understanding of the Lord. His names are a revelation of His nature, identity, and sovereignty. If we really want to know God, we have to know His names and what they reveal about Him.

He wants us to know Him intimately and to praise Him completely. He desires a deep, abiding relationship with each of us. Hebrews 13:15 states, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.”

The sacrifice of praise that the writer of Hebrews is talking about is speaking the names of Jesus. Some of the names…

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