Mrs. Joseph A. Johnson the enveloped said as I took it out of my grandparent’s mailbox and ran to their home with their mail. Confused, I inquired why my grandmother, who name is Gloria, was getting mail delivered to her by my grandfathers name. She shared how her identity and her authority is was in his name and not of her own. This was a norm in American marriages until a few decades ago. Authority in the name of anther.
Years later after I proposed to my wife, Karen, she shared with me how she desired for her name to by hyphenated after our wedding. I graciously refused sharing with her that my name is where the authority of our household resides. A wife’s authority resides in the identity of her husband. How far have we gotten away from this simple standard.
A good name is worth fortunes. The wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, wrote “a good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” He later wrote “A good name is better than fine perfume.
The power of names always trace back to God and the value, power, and dominion He places on a name – His own name and others.
Throughout Scripture, God put such emphasis on people’s names. Since mankind in made in His image, He places great significance on His own name.
God named the first man his name, Adam, which means ‘man.’ The name of someone or something usually symbolized the essence of His nature. It represented the person’s collective attributes and characteristics – his nature, power, and glory.
There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:41-42 NKJV
The glory of something is its best expression of itself. You can see a flower in it true glory when it is in full bloom. You can see a leopard or a lion in its true glory when it is at its prime strength. You can see the sun in it true glory at twelve noon. The glory of a thing is when it is at its full true self and strength.
God named Adam. But God gave him a name that reflects his origin . . he came from the earth. Adam rose from the dirt, inhales, his first gasp of air, dusts himself off, looks around, then suddenly he hears a sound – the voice of his maker speaking his name – ADAM.
God gave Adam the privilege of naming Eve by her attributes. Adam actually named Eve twice. First was the description of her origin and the second time was the description of who she would be come in fulfillment of her purpose. First he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man. Genesis 2:23
Later the Bible says, ‘Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.’ Genesis 3:20.
The Hebrew word for Eve is chavvah, meaning ‘life-giver.’ Her name describes the essence of her nature as the mother of mankind.
In addition to a name, He also gave them authority, ruling power, and dominion over the whole earth.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
In what name did they have all of this power? In God’s name. Until the Fall of Man, they ruled and reigned in the name and authority of the Creator of the Universe. Who ruled the earth before the Fall of Man. The answer from this one verse is simple – Adam and Eve – in God’s name. Whatever they said, it was done. Whatever they declared, it was accomplished. All power was their’s.
Then came the fall. Authority lost.
Throughout history, God was place great emphasis on people’s names and sometimes change them to reflect His call upon their lives. Abram’s name mean ‘exalted father’ or ‘high father’ and then changed later to Abraham meaning ‘Father of multitudes or billions.’ Jacob’s, Abraham’s grandson, name meant surplanter and was changed to Israel, meaning ‘Prince of God.’ Why does God put such emphasis on people’s names? It is because mankind is made in His image, and He places great significance of His own Name.
God’s name symbolizes the essence of His nature – His attributes and characteristics, His power and His glory.
The main reason we are commanded not to use the name of God in vain (Exod. 20:7 is that His name does not just represent who He is, but also it is who He is.
Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ Exodus 3:13-15 NKJV
In other words, God was saying, ‘I am My Name. My name is good enough.’ When you translate this concept into English, it goes something like this: “My name is whatever I am at the time I Am.’ This is because God is all-sufficient. His name morphs depending on what our need is at the particular time.
If you need rent, He is your rent.
If you need healing, He is your healer.
If you need deliverance, He is your deliverer.
If you need mortgage, He is your mortgage.
If you need a way out of no way, He is your waymaker!
If you need a car payment, He is your car payment.
Are your lights about be turned off? He is your light payment.
You need joy? He is El Simchath, the God who is your joy.
Feeling low? He is El Elyon, the Most High God.
Feel like you are behind? He is Adonai, the Head.
Experiencing being overlooked? He is El Rai, the God that Sees.
Depleted? He is El Shaddai, the Almighty Sufficient One.
No one desires you? He is El Kanna, the Jealous God.
Been cheated on? He is El Emunah, the Faithful God.
Need a double dose or triple dose of mercy? He is Elohe Chaseddi, the God of My Mercy.
Need a place to stay? It is Elohim Machase Lanu, The God who is my Refuge.
Woke up not feeling royal? He is Daddy God, God my King.
Need an assistant? Need help? He is Elohim Ozer Li, who is God, My Helper.
Is your life sinking? Is El Sali, God, my Rock.
You need a savior, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.