It seems like the last few weeks I have been surrounded by biblical teachings around names and their importance. It’s been one of those wow moments when God keeps painting the truth in different pictures in my life. From a Chapel service at Integrity Music, to a book (Soulprint) by Mark Batterson, to a podcast from Pastor Jack Hester from The People of Mars Hill Church….I’ve been on this journey of what weight a name has on our lives.
Many times the meaning of our name becomes our battle ground, as our label president Sam Chappell pointed out in the Integrity Chapel service a few weeks ago. Batterson proclaims the truth of Revelation 2:17 where ultimately God has a special name for us to receive in heaven on unique white stones. It will be a new name, intended only for us.
The most recent teaching I had on names really blew me away. Pastor Jack took his congregation on a 1 year journey through the book of Genesis about a year ago. He pulled out some great truth in the genealogy of Adam. I have to admit, when it comes to the begats…I tend to tune out. So, chapter five of Genesis would normally be a “tune out” moment for me….until I heard the meaning behind the names. Given the previous weeks, this one perked my interest.
Here are the Hebrew meanings behind the names of Adam’s lineage to Noah. Note, Cain is left out because after his curse there is no lineage captured. Seth is then born and Eve proclaims he is the replacement for Able. So, here goes…the translations of the names in Adam’s lineage:
Adam = man
Seth = appointed
Enosh = subject to death
Kenan = sorrowful
Mahalale = from the presence of God
Jared = one comes down
Enoch = dedicated
Methuselah = dying he shall send
Lamech = to the poor and lonely
Noah = rest and comfort
Now here comes the kicker. When you put these names in their chronological order, you get this sentence:
“Man appointed, subject to death, sorrowful. From the presence of God, one comes down, dedicated. Dying he shall send to the poor and lonely, rest and comfort”
Your name matters. What God has called you to fulfill, matters. He is always in control, and always has a plan for salvation. I encourage you to download the podcast (click here) and listen to Pastor Jack’s perspective on the picture of grace illustrated in this lineage down to Methuselah (who died in the same year the flood came). Pray this week and seek God to show you what your namesake is in His kingdom…for that should become your legacy!
Breathe In & Smile Out,