Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 3 What's in a Name?


The challenge in blogging while reading the Bible in 90 days is stopping and looking at stories that are fascinating. The whole point though in reading straight through the Bible is to look at the big picture. What principles are laid out in scripture?

Abraham and Jacob are fascinating characters. There is plenty of drama in both of their lives that we could talk about but for today I want to focus on their rewards for faithfulness.

What’s in a name? Everything according to God. I well remember naming each of our children. Their names had a message we wanted for each of them. God changes names to make a point. The night before Jacob has to face Esau he ends up wrestling an angel. Listen to what he says at daybreak…

When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Gen. 32:25-28

I want to live my life in such a way that when God calls me home he changes my name. Wouldn’t that be cool? What name do you think God would give you? Something to think about.

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Prov 22:1 (ESV)

In Christ Alone,

Jill

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

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