You Named Me What?

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

15 thoughts on “You Named Me What?”

  1. Amen!!! I always disliked my name…until I found out it means gift of God or God’s gracious gift. I was born prematurely with pneumonia and spent the first 21 days in an incubator in 1952. I am here to tell you God is gracious. ?

  2. I’ve been thinking about the little boy who had the “Fish & Loaves of bread” that fed thousands. Jesus blessed the food and it fed all those people including that little boy and there were baskets of left over. We don’t know that little boys name but he was willing to give it to Jesus. We think we have to give big to make a difference, when we should just be willing to give what we can and let God make the big difference.

  3. Great words, Bishop.
    Here’s a couple more.
    David’s sons…Elishama, Eliada, Eliphalet.
    God hears, God knows, God delivers!

  4. Never really thought of it Bishop, but the meaning in my name, I looked it up and the Hebrew meaning for Ray is Grace or innocent Lamb

    How awesome is our God through His Grace and Mercy we are saved in Jesus name, by the Blood of the Lamb

  5. I’m just glad my name is not Dodo, that would be a tough one to handle these days. As a kid, it would be a nightmare. I could only imagine having that in the marines. Hey private Dodo. lol Thought I would throw in some humor for the day. Great thought as always Rob. Your such a blessing to so many, because you are not just a leader, but a man that is deeply in love with God. Love you my friend.

  6. God bless you Bishop. Thank for praying for us, and ministering to us through these blogs. You and your wife are a true blessing to us all.

    There’s the name our parents give us, and then there’s the name that God has for us.

    Peter was born Simon, which in the Hebrew means “heard”, or as some commentators expand it to mean “heard favorably”. His parents dream for their son was that he would be one who would find favor with men and God. To the Greek’s, who seemed to represent “The World”, Simon means “flat nosed”.

    Peter, an impulsive, passionate individual, seemed to be living up to “The World’s” definition of who he was. The image of a flat nose evokes the image of a person who runs into a rock wall, over and over again, not learning from previous experience. He always meant well, but it wouldn’t be long before “Wham!!” he’d run into the rock wall again; his flat nose the evidence of his weakness.

    But then Simon met Jesus! Jesus saw Him according to the Father’s vision for his life. Jesus said that he would now be called Peter, the rock. God saw him differently than “The World”, and when Simon met Jesus, he began to be reformed into God’s vision for his life. Instead of smashing into the rock, Peter would Become the rock; solid, dependable and faithful.

    God has a name for us that is different than the name this world has for us. Thank God that in Jesus we are more than we were before.

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