September 6, 2008

What's In A Name?

The other day I was thinking of all the names that I call my little one.  I wrote them down, stared at them while in my mind I was recalling when & how I would uses each one;  
  • Little Lambkins
  • Itty Bitty
  • Abby Grace
  • Princess
  • Momma's
  • Schmab-A-Dosie
  • Monkey Girl
  • Sweetums
  • Sweety Girl
  • Peanut
  • Angel
  • Quamquat
  • Princess Fiona
  • Pumkin
  • Sweetness
  • Widdo-One
I have one for when she's happy, one for when she's sad, one for when she is mad, one for when I just can't get enough of her squishyness, one for when I am in awe of her, one for when I am introducing her, one for when she is hurt, one for when she is in pain and the list goes on and on!  I use all these name, because I love her and am intimately acquainted with her ways for as much as a mommy can be.  Each one of these names has its special meaning that I use as terms of endearment towards her.

Then I stop and ponder a few of the names we have for our Savior;
  • Advocate
  • The Bread of Life
  • Bright and Morning Star
  • Wonderful Counselor
  • The Lamb of God
  • Emmanuel
  • Light of the World
We uses these names during all different times of our walk, because He is all of these to us and each name is used as a term of endearment for Him.
  • Advocate: one that pleads the cause of another.
  • The Bread of Life:  The entire "bread of life" discussion is prefaced by the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matt. 6:1-14). When Jesus compared Himself to bread, He must have had the entire bread making process in mind. Before you can have bread there must be grain.  A. The seed was planted. (Jn. 1:1,14; 1 Pet. 1:23; Lk. 1:35) B. The seed sprouted. (Isa. 53:2; Lk. 2:40,52) C. The seed bore fruit. (Lk. 24:19) D. The fruit is cut down. (Isa. 53:8) E. The grain is ground. (Isa. 52:14; 1 Pet. 2:21-24; 1 Sam. 53:4,5) F. The flour is baked. (Acts 2:27,31) G. Life giving substance is the result. (Heb. 2:10; 1 Jn. 5:11,12)
  • Bright & Morning Star: the Lord Jesus Christ - He never really changes, but His appearance depends upon where you are in proximity to Him.
  • Wonderful Counselor: Justly is He called Wonderful, for He is both God and man. His love is the wonder of angels and glorified saints; in His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension, He was wonderful. A constant series of wonders attended Him, and without controversy, great was the mystery of godliness concerning Him. He is the Counsellor, for He was intimately acquainted with the counsels of God from eternity, and He gives counsel to the children of men, in which He consults our welfare. It is by Him that God has given us counsel.
  • The Lamb of God: "...Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world..." (Jn. 1:29) The Lamb is God Incarnate. The Old Testament sacrifices could never take away sin. Only God can forgive sin; forgiveness of sin must be accomplished in harmony with the nature of God. A holy, righteous and perfect God demands a sacrifice, which is holy, righteous and perfect.
  • Emmanuel: The name Emmanuel finds its origin in (Isa. 7:14) when the Lord said in a prophetic voice, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." The Holy Spirit interprets the name for us when He says it means "God with us".
  • Light of the World: One of the most famous illustrations that the word of God uses to show the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, between good and evil, between truth and error, is the difference between light and darkness. The Gospel of John especially uses this picture. In it, Christ's life is called "the light of men". (1:4)
I am sure by now you have many other names you know of running in your head.  All these names are special and have meaning to each of us in different ways!  How awesome our God is... Just in a name alone there is so much power, life, and the zing of realness, a closeness that only a child of God can know as they call out one of the many names to our Heavenly Father!

One of my favorite names is, "SAVIOR".  This short story displays His love as my Savior!  Hope you enjoy... 

Father With Son In Attic
A father had told his son he would send him to sleep in the attic, with only bread and water for his supper, if he broke the laws of the home once more.

The child disobeyed again and was sent to the attic:

The father could not eat. He had the boy on his mind and his heart. His wife said: "I know what you are thinking. But you must not bring the boy from the attic. It would cause him to disobey again. He would have no respect for your word. You must not cheapen your relation as his father by failing to keep your promise."

To which her husband replied: "Your are right. I will not break my word. To do so would cause my son to lose his respect for my word. But he is so lonely up there." He kissed his wife good night, entered the attic, ate bread and water with the boy, and when the child went to sleep on the hard boards, his father's arm was his pillow. He who knew no sin suffered for the sinner.

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