14th September 2018

What’s In A Name?

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Proverbs 22:1 (KJV)

Apart from Jesus Christ, just one man stands out whose place in the Bible’s portrait gallery is altogether unique and unapproachable. He stands as a landmark in the spiritual history of the world. In this individual there was not much to notice to be worthy of such a distinction. God’s choice was all one of grace.

This man’s birth name was Abram, the youngest of Terah’s three sons, born in Ur of the Chaldees about as many years before Christ as we are after that Supreme Event. His birth name meant ‘high father’ or ‘a father of height’.

However when Abram was 99 years old (nearly 25 years after leaving Ur as God instructed), God expanded the name to Abraham, now familiar to us, meaning ‘The Father of The Faithful’ and who was also wonderfully known as ‘The Friend of God’. Abraham had shown obedience and faithfulness in his life and many remember the incident of Abraham, willing to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, if necessary—a type of God’s own son, Jesus.

So what can we say to encourage ourselves in the face of such an incredible history? Our encouragement should be for us to keep our eyes fixed on God and not on other people, as He works with His beloved Creation to bring about the absolutely certain planned-from-eternity outcome for all who desire it.

God plays no favourites. Nothing would mark out the youngest gentile son of Terah any more than the marking out of David, the youngest son of Jesse. But God saw something in both their make-ups that absolutely fitted His specific plan of Grace at that specific time.

So we also can be encouraged that God will use us both appropriately and individually for His Grand Purpose as we patiently yield to His Grace in our own personal part of The Grand Design.

We too are the friends of God and are called the sons of God, and the Bride of Christ. We, as Christians, too have also surrendered the seen for the unseen. If we remain faithful, we will have a new name as it says in Isaiah 62:2, “You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name.” Now that’s something for which to lift and shift from our land of Ur!

Father, we so much appreciate that you are The God of people and not just of populations. We feel your individual concern despite your stupendous world plans which will encompass all of your Creation. Please help us to hold these two truths in balance. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

Study by Tony Goudie


*Shakespeare’s well-known comment for our title is found in Romeo and Juliette Act 2 Scene 2.

About the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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