We choose our children's names carefully. There is meaning in the names we choose. Maybe it is in honor of a parent or grandparent. Maybe it has some personal significance, known only to a few—but we are careful (sometimes) in how we name our children.
Names carried weight in Biblical days. They often described a person or the person's ministry. There are far too many examples to choose just one or two – but you get the idea. Names told who they were, where they were from and the family connection – Jesus, son of Joseph.
Over Advent I want to examine some of the names given to both God and Jesus. During our worship times on Sunday we will look at four found in Isaiah 9: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. And then, at our Wednesday Advent gatherings we will examine four of the names used of God in the Hebrew Scriptures: Elohim, El Roi, Jehovah-Jireh and Jehovah Shalom.
It is my hope that as we look at these names and their meanings we may discover a new depth and understanding of who our God is. God, like a diamond, has many facets.
It is only by knowing and discovering the many facets of God that we can truly appreciate the fullness of God. It is by knowing the many names for Jesus that we can understand and appreciate the fullness of who he is.|
God is more than we can imagine. Paul refers to Isaiah (64:4) when he says,
“No eye has seen,
Paul and Isaiah knew that God is more than we can ever imagine. As we discover the various names used for God and Jesus my prayer is that we will discover more about what it means to be one who follows and one who worships the God of all. Join us as we gather for worship on Sundays and as we pause mid-week and prepare our hearts again for the coming of the Immanuel.
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him”
I Cor. 2:9 NIV