Saturday, August 31, 2013
What's in a name?
Here was the question from Lex at Unlearn:
Did you know that Messiah never heard the name "Jesus" in his lifetime?
Here was my answer:
Funny thing for my family: we were just reading scripture one day and read that there is no other name by which we are saved- Acts 4:12. So we started a discussion about His name. As far as we have read, his name was Jesus. But it didn't seem right at all. In fact, it seemed so very wrong. We believe that the Holy Spirit was directing us to the truth. If there's No Other Name, as in Acts 4: 12, what had we been taught? So we researched and came to the conclusion that to call him by any other name than the one He was called by by the Father was a slap in the face to Him. In fact, naming is associated with dominance in scripture. In Genesis, we see Adam naming the animals and even his wife. Throughout scripture people who were in captivity were renamed by their captors. Joseph (Yosef) was even renamed by the Pharaoh, but he is not referred to by Zaphenath-Paneah though. Names are much more important than just sounding good.
Next question from Unlearn:
QUESTION: Why is it so easy for people to say the names "Satan", "Allah", "Buddah", "Muhammad", "Zeus", "Osiris", "Aphrodite", "Baal", and "Tammuz" (which are all foreign language names), BUT they have no desire to call Messiah by his real name?
They are giving more honor to pagan gods than they give to their own Messiah.
IT IS NOT ABOUT SALVATION, IT IS ABOUT GIVING HONOR TO THE ONE WHO SAVES US.