Maybe you are thinking what’s the big deal? I’m just talking.
Words are a big deal in God’s eyes. We know this because He deliberately
defines meanings for us throughout scripture. The first example of this is Genesis 28:19
He named that place Bethel, which means “house of God.” Another example in reference to a person’s name is also found in Genesis in 35:18 But as her life slipped away, just before she died, Rachel named her son Ben-oni, but his father decided to call him Benjamin instead. Ben-oni means son of my suffering. Benjamin means son of my right hand. You may wonder why does this matter. Your name is the one word that is pronounced over you for the day you are born until the day you die. Jabez understood this. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 9 There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez[a] because his birth had been so painful. 10 He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request. There are many other examples to explore as well. But best of is the one Isaiah gave us He shall be called Immanuel meaning God with us. Have ever saw a person and wondered they act the way they do? Most times it can come down to the meaning of their name. It also comes down to what was spoken over them. For instance my name is Shaudonna it has to meanings Sha is the surname of God and Donna means gracious one and mighty lady. I tell you this because I firmly believe we someone says my name this is what God hears. Why else would Jabez ask God not to let him live up to his name. Why then would Jacob not go along with the name is wife picked for their son. It also makes you think of the times when the lord specifically told parents what to name their children. Remember John. In Jewish culture you are named after your family as a sign if keeping the family line and name alive. This is why the people said to Zachariah there no one in your family by that name. You should name your son after you. Our name is not the only thing spoken over us. Have you ever said “ He, or she never turns off the light” And then wondered why that person is now not capable of turning off the light. It is because it was pronounced and carried out. This why we are told in Isaiah 54:17 17 But no instrument forged against you will be allowed to hurt you, and no voice raised to condemn you will successfully prosecute you.
It’s that simple; this is how it will be for the servants of the Eternal; I will vindicate them. Did you see that? Remember what we said about words in part 1. Our have the power of life and death. The beautiful thing is that when we received Christ’s identity
We received a new name. Meaning our old name is canceled and the new name remains.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! Let us use the gift we have given to build each up not tear each other down.