13 What's in a Name? - Christopher Mendonca

posted Mar 19, 2019, 3:39 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 19, 2019, 3:40 AM ]
"Arose by any other name would smell just as sweet."

On the other hand, "a chrysanthemum by any other name

would be easier to spell."

The ancient Hebrews, like other cultures of the time

believed that "names" could cast a spell on others.

Moses was no exception.

It is not surprising therefore, that he thought

he could offset the fears of his incompetence

by asking the LORD for his name.

Knowledge of the name would give him control;

its utterance would make him effective.

In a pre-emptive strike, the LORD reveals

that he is beyond all names.

He will not be a God like other gods; he is simply the ONE WHO IS.

He was inviting them into a relationship

of Faithfulness and Love.

It would be unlike anything they had experienced before.

"This is what love really is;

not our love for God,

but that He has first loved us." (1 John 4:10)