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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Inspired by . . . the Hope of His Coming Vol. 7

 

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,

The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,

upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it,

and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7

 

I’m going to share a little secret with you today.

June is my middle name. It’s the name I use to identify myself to you and “brand” my writing. I was born in the month of June and my mother chose that as my middle name. Boor- ring, right? I always used to think so. But as it turns out, June comes from Juno, the Roman goddess who is married to Jupiter, king of the heavens. Which makes Juno the queen of the heavens. At this point in my research I was liking my middle name even less than before. Being identified with a character from Roman mythology, the queen no less, does not thrill me. Then I learned that Juno was the protectress of marriage and women, and was also the goddess of finance. Now those are attributes worthy of aspiring to! I’ve decided that June is not such a bad name for me after all. If you’ve never researched the meaning of your name, you might be surprised what you find!

If you’ve read very much at all in your bible, you’ve probably figured out that names, the meaning of names, are important to God. The angel, Gabriel, instructed both Zacharias and Mary what to name their child, much to the astonishment of Zacharias family!

 

But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard;

and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.  Luke 1:13

And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child;

and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.  Luke 1:59-63

 

While Jesus knows our name, and even promises us a new name when we are united with Him in eternity, it is His name, the name of the Lord, that holds the power – that holds the promise.

Jesus told His disciples to ask anything in His name and it would be given to them, John 14:13.  Whenever we gather, in His name, He promises to be there with us, Matthew 18:20. There are consequences for denying His name, and protection for those who invoke His name.

 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Prov 18:10

 

I just love this picture of a strong tower, a fortress, built brick-by-brick with the names of the Lord!

Today’s passage of Hope from Isaiah proclaims five names of the Lord that have inspired psalm writers for centuries. Just speaking these names aloud fills my heart with JOY!

He is to be called . . .

Wonderful -And justly He is called thus for He is both man and God. “His love is the wonder of angels and glorified saints; in His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, He was wonderful.“ {Matthew Henry}

Counsellor – It is by Him that God gives us counsel. He is the wisdom of God, acquainted with Him from all eternity.

Mighty God – He has the wisdom and so He has the strength to save to the utmost. To accomplish all that He wills.

Everlasting Father – {sigh} there is such a beautiful promise in this word: everlasting. The Father of eternity. From everlasting to everlasting. The Father of the world to come, as the Septuagint reads. Such hope.

Prince of Peace – as King He preserves, commands and creates the peace in His kingdom. He is our peace. He is the author and giver of all that is good.

And now I have this song in my head, so I’m sharing it with you.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

 

You can also find it here if the video isn’t working: Michael W Smith – Emmanuel

 

Dear one, I pray this has blessed you today.

And if you’re looking for a safe place to run,

our Father is waiting, with open arms.

 

Blessings,

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5 comments:

  1. Wow. I never stopped to grasp the power of those chosen Words… no coincidences…

    For the record, Floyd is my middle name too. Not by choice, that's just what my mom decided to call me rather than the first name she named me in honor of her dad… Mine means "greying hair"… well, well, well… it's beginning to fit!

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  2. Sometimes I do wish for a new name and new version of my self - especially on days like today when things got complicated and their were misunderstandings. But, these days, I'm trying to let things go and accept that God is in control - not an easy thing. Your blog posts always encourage me and educate me, and I'm thankful you use your gifts to share your love of the Lord with me.

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  3. I love coming here .. and Holly means a shrub or holy... hahahaaha, I resemble the shrub! Love ya!

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  4. June,

    Beautiful post! What a great reminder about the names of God and how they reveal His character to us. Merry Christmas!

    Donna

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  5. I love this passage ... we memorized it with our kids at Christmas and reviewed it each Advent.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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