Have you ever stopped to think about what’s in a name? The history of my name comes from the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning “bright fame”. I had no idea. What were my parents thinking?
So all of this got me to thinking about names. What about the names in the Bible? One comes to mind. There was one of David’s mighty men that had a different kind of name. How about Eleazer? Eleazer was second in command above all of David’s outstanding men. His name means, “GOD has helped.” Now this name was very prominent in the nation of Israel because it was given to thirteen different characters in the Old Testament. I believe that this name was used many times in order to memorialize the many times that God helped and delivered his people.
In ancient times names meant a great deal to people on various occasions. Parents would often have experiences in life that were both good and bad, and the parents would then give names to their children that would often reflect these important events in their lives.
For example, Joseph called his first born son Manasseh, which means, Forgetting, for he said, “God has made me forget all of my difficult moments.” He called his second son, Ephraim, which means, Fruitful, because God made him fruitful in the land of misfortune.
Moses named his first born son, Gershom, and that means, stranger. He did this because he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.” His second son was named Eleazer to commemorate Israel’s greatest deliverance of all, from Egyptian slavery. Every time Moses looked at Eleazer it reminded him of how that God had helped him.
My thinking is that national and personal deliverances by divine help from God may have inspired Dodo when he named his son Eleazer. Dodo, now there’s another name huh?
This may sound a bit too crazy, but I feel that we are going to have an Eleazar in our CCPCG. God is going to help us. But when you think about it, He has always helped us. If there is one thing I know about God, it is this, God always helps His people. Even Dodo knew this!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1