What's in a Name?
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
'What's in a Name?' written by William Shakespeare, a piece from one of his most famous and beloved plays, Romeo and Juliet. Just to sum it all up; Shakespeare denotes in this piece that a name is not what matters, but a person's character and worth are what counts.
Now, I'm not going to bore you with English Literature but I do have a question to ask... How did you get here? Do you know where you came from before you inhabited your mother's womb?
Well, prepare to be amazed! What if I told you that each of us originated from the Mouth of God. I hear you, your saying.....Ariel!!! What?! How is that possible?
I'm sure there are many people reading this that have dedicated their lives to believing the Darwinism Theory or the Big Bang Theory, which describes an animal and planetary based existence. But, I think the better creation story is this...that according to Genesis 1:26 before God formed and made a frame(body)for his beautiful masterpiece (mankind), he spoke them into existence. That's right! Adam and Eve were both created by the Words out of God's mouth!
That's amazing, isn't it! This is before God creates a body for Adam and breathes his breath into him, both Adam and Eve were created together AND catch this they were given instructions and commands before they had a body to carry out and function in.
While I was doing a study of this, I looked up the definition of create.
Here's what our friend Merriam Webster said. Create means to produce or bring about a course of action or behavior. Some synonyms for create; are invoke, effectuate, induce, catalyze, generate, translate, yield! My absolute favorite is yield. You ask WHY? One of yields definitions means "to bear or bring forth as a natural product"; meaning the product has not been tampered with but it's a complete original to whatever or whoever it came out of. Adam was a replica(image) of God because he came out of God! Do you know what THIS MEANS!!!!
Adam had the ability to talk, walk and think like God! He had the SAME ability to create with his WORDS! He was an image-bearer of God's (The Creators) nature and character. He had the same ability to speak things into existence by way of giving it a name! He called it a name, and it was exactly as he said. Does this not blow your mind!?
"Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name."(Bible Study Tools, 2020)
Do you know how much your words control your reality? Look around you and think about what exists because you said it does. Good or Bad. To be brave, we must look within and reflect on how we see ourselves. If we see ourselves as less than a Word of God we will articulate what we understand of ourselves. If we think we're low, well speak low. But if we believe that we are loved in the eyes of God we will speak love and life wherever we go.
What we say becomes our reality, what we live. Just like God watched Adam to see what he would name the animals, God brings things into our lives to see what we will name them.
So, what is in a name? Contrary to Shakespeare; the character and nature of a thing is only the product of what that thing is named. What you name it, it shall be.
Whether it's a child, spouse, job, circumstance, etc... I challenge you to remember that you yourself are a walking word of God and he has created you with the same ability as him; to name things and call it into existence.
Lions, the next time you feel an urge to say what you see and it doesn't look so right ........REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE and NAME IT RIGHT!
BE BRAVE. ROAR.
Bible Study Tools. (2020). Genesis 2 - NIV Bible - Thus the heavens and the earth were completed i.... [online] Available at: https://www.biblestudytools.com/genesis/2.html [Accessed 6 Jan. 2020].
Merriam-webster.com. (2020). Definition of YIELD. [online] Available at: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yield [Accessed 6 Jan. 2020].