“What’s In a Name?”

December 31, 2017


Isaiah 62: 4b, 12:  “You will be called, ‘Hephzibah,’ and your land, ‘Beulah’ … and they will call them, ‘The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord’; and you will be called, ‘sought out, a city not forsaken.’”  In the Bible, whenever someone experiences a major change in character, it is often accompanied by a change of name.  That is why Isaiah says that these names are being changed, because Hephzibah means ‘My delight is in her,’, and Beulah means ‘married.’ After a time of rejection, the message is, “The character of the relationship between God and His people is changing, so a change of name is in order.”  It’s something to remember on this Feast of the Holy Name.

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