I have here a book of people's names and their meanings ( Show the Book
of Names to the children
). In Bible times names had great
meaning and told you about the nature of the person named.
The angel told Mary to give her baby the name, "Jesus", which means "Saviour"
(Luke 1:31). Jesus lived up to His name and saved many people from
evil spirits, some from sickness and some from a meaningless life.
Jesus delivered a wild man near Gadarenes, healed the man at the pool of
Bethesda, and saved Zaccheaus who only lived for money and possessions.
Jesus took the work God had given Him seriously. He died to free us
from the power of Satan, and He has saved us and prepared a place for us
to live with Him for eternity in Heaven. He truly lives up to His
God's name in the Bible is "Lord", but in Hebrew His name is "I AM" which
means, "The God Who is always present". God was with Abraham and
Moses all through their lives. He was also present in every new
generation that followed, right up to today. And now He is with us
and will be with us all our lives!
When Moses hesitated to respond to the Lord, God gave him a series of
promises in Exodus chapters 3 and 4, and said:
- I will be with you (v12).
- The elders of Israel will listen to you (v18).
- I will stretch out My hand .... and perform wonders (v20).
- I will help you speak and teach you what to say (4:12).
How could Moses know that God would keep His promises? He trusted God
because of His name! God is the great "I AM". And because He
is always present with His people, God is able to keep and fulfil every
promise He has made in the Bible!
Let's look up some of your names and find out the meanings ( Look up a
number of the children's names and find their meanings
you like the meaning of your name? And do you live up to the
meaning of your name? Does your name suit you?
When God told Moses, "This is My Name forever", He was speaking to us today
as well. He is with us now, and He will be with us tomorrow, and
God will be with us for ever! He has promised that He will never
leave us, nor forsake us. And because God "IS", every promise He
made to us in Christ will be fulfilled in us!