Isaiah 62:1-4 What’s In A Name
Recently my wife Tammy did this Facebook thing that looked up the meaning of her name, which apparently means “the perfect one” or “twin.” I couldn’t agree more! My name, Clay, means “someone who lives near or works with clay.” Whatever.
In the bible when babies were named it was a big deal. The Hebrew parents would give a name they thought would capture the essence of the baby’s character, or capture what they hoped their baby would become.
Hannah humbly and fervently asked of God that he would grant her a son. He did, and she named him Samuel, which means ‘asked of God’. (1 Samuel 1:20)
There are several instances in the bible when God actually changed someone’s name to reflect the new person they would be in the Lord:
Abram to Abraham (Gen 17:5)
Sarai to Sarah (Gen 17:15)
Jacob to Israel (Gen 32:23)
Oshea (or Hoshea) to Joshua (Num 13:16)
Simon to Peter (Mt 16:17-18)
Saul to Paul (Acts 13:9)
In Isaiah 62, God reveals that He will give Israel a new name:
For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. (Isaiah 62:1-4)
Here, God is promising that the days of Israel and Jerusalem being forsaken and desolate will one day pass. There will come a new day when Zion and God’s people will know that God delights in them – as the name Hephzibah means “My delight is in her”.
There will come a new day when Zion and God’s people will know the unbroken presence and love of God, as a wife should know the presence and love of her husband – as the name Beulah means “Married.”
But did you know that Christians too will receive a new name? Revelation 2:17 confirms it:
“To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” (Revelation 2:17)
See, 1 Corinthians 15:51 tells us that when Christ returns, we’ll be transformed, but our transformation won’t be limited to our new body. The transformation of our nature will also be complete, and our new name in heaven will reflect our completely transformed nature. How cool is that?
What will your new name in heaven be? I know I can’t wait to find out mine!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We can change the world, one life at a time…