What’s in a Name

What’s in a Name

Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name trust in you; for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.  

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell just as sweet.” – that’s Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet expressing the opinion that names are pretty irrelevant. Yahweh and the children of Israel see it differently –  God’s revealed name, Yahweh, as said to Moses, isn’t the abstract Greek of “I am that I am” or other translations in that philosophical line of thought; rather, it is the warmly relational “I am the One (who is there for you)” as the Psalmist here seems to understand. Jesus made it relationally deeper and clearer still by calling God/Yahweh “Abba” – something like the familiar english word “Poppa”. And we, as Jesus’ adopted brethren, may also so address the One who is always there for us. Jesus’ own name in Hebrew is JeHoshua which means, quite literally, Yahweh is salvation. Yahweh is indeed salvation and Jesus is the Son, the one sent to both be and bring that gift of his Abba to all of creation.
Pastor Bill

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