Tuesday, December 01, 2015

December 1, 2015: What’s In A Name?

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 334

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Marshall Hall leading in worship and singing … There’s Just Something About That Name, declaring the worship of our dear Savior, Who’s Name declares Who is in the lives of all who believe on Him.

Highlight Passage:   Matthew 1: 21 [NKJV] …
21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name “Jesus,” for He will save His people from their sins.” 
… The Angel to Joseph in a dream, declaring the meaning of THE Name to be given to Mary’s Son, which was “Yeshua” [i.e., “Jesus” in the Greek], meaning … “God, Who saves!”
Highlight Context – Matthew 1: 18-25 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …
… His Name was to be called “Jesus” (in the Greek) … “Yeshua” in Hebrew

Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 1: 23 [NKJV] … 
[From the Angel]“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name IMMANUEL,” which is translated God with us."
… Jesus’ other God-given name - which means that God is with (i.e., in the heart) of any believer.

Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 2: 6-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Paul declares to Christians the very nature of Jesus and His Name now, in heaven, being “LORD,” (or Yahweh).

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C McCasland, used an observation about names in Africa to illustrate the impact and importance of one’s name. He wrote: According to a New York Times article, children in many African countries are often named after a famous visitor, special event, or circumstance that was meaningful to the parents. When doctors told the parents of one child that they could not cure the infant’s illness and only God knew if he would live, the parents named their child “Godknows.” Another man said he was named “Enough,” because his mother had 13 children and he was to be the last one! There’s a reason for everyone’s name, and in some cases it also conveys a special meaning. 

One’s name, in the NT times of Jesus, was given either to convey hope about a child’s future, or in the case of God naming our Lord, it was God conveying a message to the world about Who was being born to Mary [see the highlight passages above]. God gave Him two distinct names “Jesus,” conveying what was to be the mission of His Son, i.e., to save the world; and also “Immanuel,” which declared Who was entering the world in the virgin, i.e., “God with us!”

 “Jesus” (in the Greek) was not an uncommon Jewish name in the times our Lord walked the earth. It was “Yeshua” in Hebrew, a form also translated “Joshua” into the Greek. And when it was given, as it was with by Joshua’s parents in the OT, it was usually given to declare the hope that that boy would be used by God in His plan of salvation; and this was most certainly the case with Moses’ warrior/leader, Joshua.

 But in the case of our Savior, God gave His Son the name “Yeshua” to declare what was to be the mission of His Son, Who was born of a virgin, walked the earth, showed Himself to the the Son of God, died on a cross, saving all who would believe on “JESUS” as KING/LORD, and then rose from the dead to pronounce His victory over sin/death, and then was reunited with God, His Father in Heaven, and regimen the name “Yahweh” … or “LORD.” [See Phil. 2: 6-11]

 So, today let’s celebrate and worship the NAME above all names … the name of Our LORD and Savior, … King Jesus!!!

My Prayer Today:  Oh, dear Lord, … You are my King, Jesus! … Amen

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