WHAT’S IN A NAME?                                                           Exodus 22:20-31

“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people (v28)

(3) The third of the Ten Commandments was given at Sinai, “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7) Names are of the utmost importance – they are so much more than just words. Very often parents will settle on a name because of its meaning and significance to them. Many names in the Bible are either descriptive of some physical attribute or personality characteristic. Very often it was an indication of something that God was going to do in that person’s life or a reflection of God’s blessing in the parent’s life. Joseph had two sons, the first he named Manasseh, meaning God has made him forget (God had made him forget the troubles in his father’s household and the second, Ephraim, meaning God has made him fruitful in the land of his affliction. People have even  changed or been given new names as a result of God’s work in their lives. Take for example the patriarchs  in Genesis 17:5 when Abram became Abraham and in Genesis 32:28 Jacob became Israel. Whenever we meet somebody for the first time we introduce ourselves most often by first using our name. In the very first commandment God introduced Himself by name, which shows us that God is not a something but a someone.

PRAYER LINE: Father God, help me this day to grasp the wonder of the fact that  You have revealed Yourself and Your name to me. I am in awe that I am known by name the one who created the heavens and the earth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen – (EDWJ)


Physical attributes or personality characteristics, a reflection of God’s blessings.

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