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God is in the Name

A given name, or first name is meant to last a lifetime. Parents choose it with care and it is entered into a legal document, a birth certificate.

I was named after my grandmother. I have a friend whose name has been passed on for five generations, making him the third and his grandson, the fifth in the line. Both my name and his were given to show love and respect for our ancestor. You may know someone who was named for a favorite sports figure. Also a sign of respect.

In the bible, many children were given names with an even more special meaning. The names expressed a special blessing the parents wished their child to have or signified the blessing they had received as parents. Many parents expressed their belief in one Almighty God in the name they gave.

In the Hebrew Old Testament, the name of God is Yahweh. The closest translation for this name is "I am what I am" or "I am who I am." You may remember God revealing his name to Moses in Exodus 3:14. He said, "Tell them I Am sent you." In ancient times, God's name was considered so sacred that devout Jews would not speak it. However, a shortened form - Yah - was used in many of the names of Old Testament characters. Over the years and in translation, spelling has been changed. We find God's name in names containing yah, iah, or jah

These are a few of the people named for God. How many can you find as you study the bible?


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