I am fascinated about how things get named. Here’s one good example. Apparently during the 15th century, English hunters were given the job to assign names to groups of animals. Those names were quite whimsical.
A group of parrots were called “pandemonium.” They named a group of rhinos a “crash,” a bunch of apes were “a shrewdness” and a collection of owls were called a “parliament.” They just let their imaginations go wild!
There are lots of interesting terms that you may not be aware of. Did you know that the space between your eyebrows is called a glabella. That rumbling in your stomach is properly called a wamble. That tiny toe you keep hitting on furniture is called a minimus. And maybe my favorite is the term for the day after tomorrow. It is called overmorrow.
We also think long and hard about the names we give people. Parents take special care in choosing the names of their children. Those names convey meaning and those meanings are important.
That’s how it was in the Bible as well. Biblical names meant something. In Isaiah 56:5, God promises believers an everlasting name that will not be cut off. A couple of chapters later, God clarifies that it will be a new name (Isaiah 62:2).
That idea is repeated in Revelation 2:17. In this passage, John says that the new name will be inscribed on a white stone and will only be known by the recipient.
I am thinking that this week might be a great time to think about those names.
As a believer, have you ever wondered what your new name will be like? Will it relate to some aspect of your character? Will it remind you of a particular spiritual victory? Or will it be a term of endearment that suggests a special moment in your relationship with Jesus?
We have a personal relationship with our Savior and a name that reflects that connection. Something to think about…