A Gift from The LORD in 1984 - My Name (changed at age twelve)
What’s in a name?
“That which we call a rose would smell as sweet by any other name.”
Could Shakespeare be saying the value of the rose is in the smell, in the beauty, and not necessarily in the name? May I offer another thought? There is value in a name. There is significance in why names are given; to people and to creation. Consider with me just what kind of meaning names can have by looking at the genealogy of Noah, ten names in chronological order:
Adam means “man”
Seth means “appointed”
Enosh means “mortal,” “frail,” or “miserable.” It is from the root anash, to be incurable; used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness
Kenan can mean “sorrow,” “dirge,” or “elegy”
Mahalalel Mahal means “blessed” or “praise” with El, “name for GOD” = “The Blessed GOD”
Jared (Yared) comes from the verb yaradh, meaning “shall come down”
Enoch means “commencement,” or “teaching”
Methuselah muth, a root that means “death” with shalach, which means “to bring,” or “to send forth.” = “His death shall bring”
Lamech is a root still evident today in our own English word, “lament” or “lamentation” = “Despairing”
Noah is derived from nacham, “to bring relief” or “comfort,” = “Comfort, or Rest”
If you have never been exposed to this it can come as quite a blessing... Can you see Christ's Gospel in the genealogy of Noah? You see, when we take ten generations to Noah reading them in chronological order the meaning of the names of the Fathers becomes something significant, something beautiful...
Adam | Seth | Enosh | Kenan | Jared | Enoch | Methuselah | Lamech | Noah
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) The Blessed GOD shall come down teaching His death shall bring the despairing comfort, rest.
I was born William Grover Isaacs II. Yes, I was a second. My biological father left when I was three, but he had given what he was capable at the time of giving and that was his name. When I was twelve my mother remarried and my soon-to-be-step-father offered to adopt me; I accepted. But if I could share honestly it was a terribly selfish acceptance. My mind at the time was clouded with pride. The reason I was interested in taking his last name was not because I knew him to be an honorable man, but instead so I could pick my own new middle name; something that would be cool; something besides Grover, something girls might like. Only two names came to mind: Christopher and Joshua. I thought Joshua sounded more awesome so that is what I picked. OUCH! How dishonoring can a person be to his mother and father? I struggled with this for many years wondering if I should change my name back to what I was given at birth… until completely before Him and empty it was then The LORD shared with me while in desperate prayer; “Will, no matter where you have been in your life, as far away from Me as you thought you could possibly be… I was there. I was with you. In fact I wanted you to know that I was going to be so inseparable from you, that you would never be able to deny Me as being a part of your life that I put Myself right in the center of who you are. I gave you My name for your middle name." See friends the name Joshua is an English translation of the Hebrew name Yeshua and we may even be more familiar with its Greek translation, Jesus. Through tears and even weeks later while sharing this testimony it dawned on me that even if I had chosen the other name, Christopher, that it was always Him; He was with me and actually the one calling the shots all along, amen, thank You, LORD! (2 Timothy 1:9)
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picture: psalmwriter on Mount Precipice looking toward Nazareth Israel 2013