Mar 30 2017
We are baptised in the Name. Moses was given the Name. Today we explore the Name and what it means to be in it.
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Jun 21 2013
When Jacob wrestled with God he asked God for his name. But God replied “Why do you ask my name?” (Gen 32:29). At the burning bush Moses asked God for his name and God said “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex 3:14). And then he said “Say to the Israelites ‘THE LORD (Yahweh), the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever”(Ex 3:15).
Jacob and Moses heard God speak under different circumstances. Jacob had just received a blessing from a divine being that he had wrestled with in the dark and he wanted to know who it was. This is understandable. In ancient times gods was associated with specific powers. Some gods brought strength for war, others brought power for fertility, yet others brought material prosperity. Jacob wanted to know who was blessing him. But this divine being was not any divine being, More
May 9 2013
When Jesus first met Peter he said “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Peter” (John 1:42). Why does Jesus rename a full grown man? Was this a nickname? No. In ancient times someone in a position of authority would name those under them to empower them (Gen 41:45). This is why parents put so much emphasis on the names they gave to their children. It is also why God told Abram (meaning exalted father) that he would now be called Abraham (father of many). He was empowering Abram to be a father of many nations. It is also why he changed Jacob (he grasps the heel or ‘deceives’) to Israel (he struggles with God). After Jacob wrestled with God he had become a new man.
Jesus was empowering Simon to become a new man. He was to become Peter which means ‘rock.’ But as we look at scripture we can see that this was going to be a process. Simon was anything but a rock, he was impulsive and unstable; the kind of guy that spoke and acted without thinking; regretting it later. More