In the beginning….
Genesis 2:8 “Now the Lord had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.”
Genesis 2:10-14 “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.”
God names everything. Have you ever noticed that He names with Purpose? His Purpose is always living and loving. His Perfection cannot be changed ever. We are human and changeable, but our Teacher is God, He is unchangeable.
My husband likes to rename things in humor. They are always enjoyable to him. He calls our oldest daughter, LMA. “Last Minute Amy”, instead of her name, Amy. She is always late. Now we tell her that the meeting starts a whole hour earlier than it actually does. Yes, she is still late.
Years ago, instead of calling me dear or honey, he called me Mrs. P. Then our girls started calling him Mr. P. Our last name begins with a P. So after they were married, our son-in-laws started calling us by Mr. and Mrs. P. This is a nice difference from the normal mom and dad and seems special just for us.
When my first grand child tried to call me grandma, she ended up calling me “Gema”. Now all the rest of my five grand children call me that as well. It stuck! I love having a very unique name.
In the Old Testament of the Bible did you ever notice how many times God changed the names of His children? Here are a few:
Abram became Abraham because now he would be “a father of many nations”.
Sarai became Sarah because now she would be “blessed as the mother of many nations”.
Gideon became Jerub-Baal because he became “the Baal fighter”. (Judges 7:1)
Hadassah (sweet to righteousness) became Queen Esther “hiddeness” (Esther 2:10)
Simon Peter became Peter the “rock” of Jesus’ Church. (Matthew 16:18)
In my ladies group studying Gideon, this is a subject that came up. I asked God about the lesson of name changes. The answer sounded something like this; “Remember your name is written in My Book of Life? I have the right to name you, because I am your Father. Your parents named you because they had the right to on earth. I gave them that right. I have the right for your name in eternity with Me.”
We ladies began sharing messages of His Word to us. I spoke and shared this with them. I laughed, and asked, “Can you imagine God taking one of our Baby Name books and naming us?” They all laughed. Then I asked them, “What name do you suppose He has given us?” “What in our Purpose for Him are we following to be given a new name?”
Philippians 4:3 “Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
He knows my name!