March 06, 2007

God's Names & Ours

Tonight for our home fellowship, I plan on speaking to our group about the many names that God has given us to describe Himself in the Bible. Here is a great website with many of those names: http://www.ldolphin.org/Names.html. It includes Scriptural references as well. Some of my favorites are Jehovah-Shalom: "The LORD our Peace," Jehovah-Tsidkenu: "The LORD our Righteousness," and El Roi, "God of Seeing." Since many of the kids in our group don't realize that Biblical names revealed an aspect of that person, I am going to have the meanings of all the kids' names in the group, and we shall see if they can guess who's name means what. For a great site to find out the etymology and history of first names, check out: http://www.behindthename.com/. Two questions: 1. Do you have a favorite name for God? 2. What does your name mean?

9 comments:

ldmiller said...

By the way my name means: "from Lucania," but it also means "one who brings light."

Mom in RC said...

Lucas - I've always like El Shaddai. Good Blog's, how's the kids liking everything so far? I already knew what your name meant that's why you got that name. Sounds like alot of head thinking going on for you right now. You have to be creative to keep kids focused these days. Keep up the good work. Luv u both MOM

Anonymous said...

Hi Lucas and Kim,
I really like I AM as a name for God. I'm not exactly sure what the Hebrew is for it. And, my name means raven, or raven-haired. It is Scandinavian. Good thing I'm not blond. :-) It sounds like things are going well.
Take care,
Brenna

ldmiller said...

Hi Brenna,

"I AM WHO I AM" from Exodus 3, is a very powerful name. So powerful as you probably already know that it was not even uttered by ancient Israel. They wouldn't even give it vowel points b/c no one would think to pronounce it anyway. So even today we are not sure how it is to be pronounced. I AM comes from the Hebrew "to be" verb and means that God is Self-Existent. "The Self-Existent One," He does not depend on anything else for his continued existence. Raven-haired, eh? That must be some dark haired people. Take care.

Jen Boon said...

Hey guys,
It's hard to pick a favorite name for God, because He is so many things at so many times in our lives. I have often pondered Yahweh/Jehovah, and it concerns me sometimes that we don't place much reverence on His name that the OT people did. And then there's Abba - kindof the opposite name where He is close and touchable.

My name means "white wave". Maybe that's why I can't seem to tan.

And I got your comment in reply to my other one. As far as we know, Jason doesn't have a twin, and he looks too much like his parents to be adopted! :) But you never know...

Anonymous said...

What a fascinating class, Lucas! The name I talk to God the most is 'Papa God' of just Papa. (for Abba Father) A Papa loves His child beyond words with tenderness, appreciation, and delight in everything about His child, but He expects much of His child and will discipline at a moment's notice. ( A 'Daddy' might let his child get away with things)
With a Papa, His child can climb in His lap any time she wants and know He will hug her.
Papa God's child

Anonymous said...

Hi Lucas! It's Caroline (and AJ) Siegmann ... I just found your blog through your last email ... now I'm going to be your blog stalker :) In any case, my name (caroline ruth) means womanly and faithful friend. AJ's name means the deceiver ... ha, ha. Elaina's name means "torch light, bright one, blessing" Anyway, my personal favorite name for God is from Revelation ... "Morning Glory".

ldmiller said...

Hey Caroline, what's the name of your blog? I heard you guys had one. I'd like to visit.

Tirzah said...

I love Jehovah-Jireh -that's probably one of my favorite names for God. As for me, mine means pleasantness or delight and it's Hebrew.