“‘Thus I will strengthen them by my power, and they will walk about in my name,’ says the Lord.”
The world’s superpowers would fall, but the Lord promised to strengthen his people.
How does God’s strength overcome today’s opposition?
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In Acts 11:26 God gave a name for the followers of Jesus, the name Christians. Some say it was given in derision by the enemies of Christ. But I don’t believe that for a minute. The word used for “called” is invariably used in scripture for a divine call. What that means is the name Christian is God-chosen, heaven-approved and Spirit-inspired. Any name other than that name is a wrong name and any name more is too much. James asked, “do they not blaspheme that worthy name by which you are called?” If that worthy name is not the name Christian, then pray tell what name could it have been? This is Just-A-Minute.
What’s in a name? Evidently, quite a bit. Ellin Payne of San Jose says she poured over various possibilities before choosing for her firstborn a name with initials spelling “MVP”. I know at least one of my own who would have appreciated a bit more care regarding their initials. This year’s five most popular boy’s names are: Aiden, Jackson, Mason, Liam and Jacob and the five most popular girl’s names are: Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia and Ava. At least they are names I can pronounce, even if I am unsure of the spelling of a couple. Names do make a difference. When I hear Isaac, Jacob, Peter or Paul, I think those were great men of faith, inspiring examples to those who share their name. On the other hand, the choice of the wrong name might call to mind a serial killer of the past or terrorist of the present
What’s In a Name?
It’s amazing the number of people who believe that names don’t matter. Perhaps some of those folks wouldn’t mind changing their name to Lee Harvey Oswald or perhaps Benedict Arnold.
In the Old Testament, one of Isaiah’s children was named by the Lord God. The child’s name would be Maher-shalal-hash-baz, which according to one translator means, “They hasten to the spoil; they speed to the prey.
Imagine having a moniker like that! Why in the world would the Lord require a child to bear that name?
Think about it this way: every time someone would hear this young man’s name, it would be like a hearing a sermon about the certainty of God’s will. The name was meant to teach Judah God’s word will always stand. In only about two years, Syria and Israel would be destroyed and then the Assyrians would turn their power on Judah.
Maher-shalal-hash-baz! God’s will stands! Get ready! You’re next.
Turns out there’s plenty in a name, isn’t there?
Father, may we laud and magnify Your name today, as we worship You, the only true and living God. As we observe the Lord’s Supper, may we do so in honor and remembrance of Your Son’s sacrifice on our behalf. As we listen to Your powerful Word proclaimed, may we have open and receptive minds, allowing the message of the hour to mold us into humble and obedient servants, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
There’s no “If” about it – Jesus is Lord over all (Acts 10:36; Romans 10:12). And because He is Lord over all, we had better start telling folks to “call upon the name of the Lord” (Romans 10:13; cf. Psalm 145:18; Acts 2:21; Acts 22:16), rendering obedience to His will (Matthew 7:21; Romans 6:17).
I was named after actor and singer, Ricky Nelson. I can’t sing or act, so the name is as far as it goes. My brother, Christopher, was named after actor, Christopher George. Does anyone remember the great show, “Rat Patrol” about World War 2 tanks fighting the Germans in North Africa? He was the star of that show and I was obsessed with the program. My uncle named him the day before he went to fight in Vietnam.