What ruptured thoughts can jolt the private conscience like the statement “Put my name on it.”
Expectations creep into the array of outcomes. Words like reputation, motivation, venture, risk, incentive, and confidence echo to convey a synonym-like appeal. The phrase is similar to an English idiom “I’ll imprint with my ten fingers.” The point is to cast away any doubt from another’s mind. A validation that the originator’s actions guarantee their complete approval and commitment to the end.
Hmmm… What would I be willing to “put my name on?”
A name carries weight. Names spark memory, kindle emotion, suggest relationship and motivate opinions. Being “known by name” is like the links of a chain. A name can mean everything in the world, merely by association. A name is a game-changer.
Awesome to think God would reveal Himself to us through names. Let your mind suspend itself from the gravity of distractions to give rise to the immensity of what it means to be “known by a God not of your expectations, but a God beyond your wildest imaginations.” We have not named Him. His names are a fixture by which we come to understand His nature.
Hmmm… Do I take Him at His Word?
Another question to meddle with my meditation. God did not create the world to tinker with the hearts of humanity. He made man and woman for a relationship. A relationship defined by the prominence of His glory, the very source by which His providence would be their habitation.
The “Aaronic blessing” comes to mind. How often this blessing is quoted and truly it is an extraordinary axiom of the Divine’s poetical bravura. However, verse 27 is the least quoted part, yet it is the confirmation of why God would even consider verses 24-26. His namesake.
24“The LORD bless you and keep you;
25the LORD make His face to shine
upon you; and be gracious to you;
26the LORD lift up His countenance
upon you and give you peace.
27So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Yahweh (LORD), the name regarded too sacred to speak was chosen by God Himself to say, “Put my name upon.” Insert my name, that very consecrated name, so that they may be made holy by Me!
Then, postulated through prophetic lips comes the ever-evolving landscape of the Heavenly Grace’s holy pursuit of humanity by a name in Isaiah 43 (excerpts):
“Everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made…”
You are My witnesses, declares the LORD…
that you may know and believe Me
and understand that I AM He.
I, I AM the LORD,
and besides Me there is no Savior.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witness,” declares the LORD.
“and I AM God.
Also henceforth I AM He;
there is none who can deliver from My hand;
I work, who can turn it back?”
Who can turn back time?
Who possesses the power to turn back the promises of Creation?
Who can change the power in the only Name to imprint Himself on the souls of humanity?
Awesome to think God, through inspired pen and ink, gave the apostalistic aesthetics to Peter, the Rock on which Christ built His church, to declare the blessing of 1 Peter 1 (excerpts),
“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time…15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 it is written,
“You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
The Bible has invoked more spilt ink than any other has or will ever do. Why? Because no other has ever claimed to imprint their own name onto the human soul! The Scriptures unfold the story-teller’s plot, to steal back the human heart. For ages, the Scriptures have been scanned for answers to life’s most infamous questions. The Bible makes us squirm from our comfortabilities and challenges us to confront the impossible. Change. Transformation. The Bible pokes around our secret thoughts to kindle a confidence in a holy satisfaction.
A few names of God to give an example of how He likes to “Put His Name on it:”
Mighty One Psalm 50:1
Almighty Genesis 17:1; Ps. 91:1; Revelations 1:8
I Am who I Am Exodus 3:14
I will be what I will be
Lord of hosts (armies) 1 Samuel 17:45; Psalm 24:10; Isaiah 37:6; Hosea 12:5; James 5:4
Beginning & the End Isaiah 44:6 Revelations 1:8; 22:13
The First and the Last
Redeemer Job 19:25; Isaiah 47:4;63:16; Acts 7:35
God Most High Genesis 14:22; Psalm 57:2; 78:35; Daniel 3:26; Luke 1:35; Acts 16:17
Provider Genesis 22:13-14
Healer Exodus 15:26
Banner Exodus 17:8-15
Peace Judges 6:24; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrew 13:20
The Way; Psalm 23; John 10:11; 1 Peter 5:2,4
Lamb of God John 1:29,36; Revelation 7:17
Redeemer/Messiah Isaiah 59:20; John 1:17,41; Romans 11:26
Immanuel Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
God with us
Judge Genesis 18:25; James 5:9; 2 Timothy 4:8
Faithful and True Revelation 19:11
Father John 16:27; Ephesians 1:1-10
written by Michelle Kelso Kafer