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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 38}

Week 38 Challenge Word: Name

Have you ever looked up the definition of ‘name’? Here is what I found in my Vine’s Concise Dictionary:

“by which a person or thing is called, implication of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence.”

There are so many different directions we could go with this word today! I will touch on a couple, and hopefully you will hang with me. God gave me our word as He always does but I must admit I struggled with the direction He was leading me.

When you call on the Lord, how do you use His name? Do you use it in vain? How about in your prayer time? Do you praise God for who He is as you begin? Praising God and expressing His attributes or names helps us to remember who He is and reminds us to give Him all the glory!
Have you ever tried to list all the names of God? There is an amazing book by Rosemary Jensen titled "Praying the Attributes of God." Ms. Jensen is the former director of Bible Study Fellowship. I believe I have mentioned this book before in one of our previous studies. Anyway, it is an amazing book that lists 31 of our precious Father's attributes or names. If you are interested in studying the names of God, this would be my recommendation.

What is your reaction when you hear people use His name in vain? Maybe you do that yourself. Read 1 Timothy 6:1. What does it say about His name? It seems, in our society, using the Lord's name in vain has become commonplace. Most people don't even blink when they hear His name used in vain. How about when you see 'OMG' on the web? Again, most people don't even blink. I know I personally have scratched that little abbreviation off my list. I always type out "oh my goodness" because I don't want people to get the impression I am using His name in vain. As a Christian, I represent my precious Father, and I want to glorify who He is. I don't want to treat His name lightly. I must revere His name and who He is. How about you? Do you revere His name?

Several other fun things to study this week about the word 'name' are:

**Adam names the animals. (Genesis 2:19)
**The midwives' names are recorded in the Bible yet Pharaoh's is not. (Exodus 1:15)
**God tells Moses what His name is. (Exod. 3:14-16)
**If we call on His name, we are saved. (Romans 10:13)
**We are told we will suffer because of His name. (1 Peter 4:16)
**We can be insulted because of His name. (1 Peter 4:14)
**Our sins are forgiven because of His name. (1 John 2:12)
**He knows each of us by name. (John 20:16)
**Is your name written in the Book of Life? (Rev. 3:5, Rev. 20:15)

Another one of my favorite hymns is "How Majestic is Your Name." Look at the words in this hymn. How perfect for your study this week.

How Majestic is Your Name
Oh Lord, our Lord
How majestic is your name
In all the earth,
Oh Lord, our Lord
How majestic is your name
In all the earth

Oh Lord, we praise your name
Oh Lord, we magnify your name
Prince of Peace, mighty God
Oh Lord God Almighty!

What a wonderful hymn to sing this week! For my card, I used the same September kit from Create My Keepsake. It is so full of yummy goodies. For my verse this week, I put:

Psalm 99:3 "Let them praise your great and awesome name. . ."
I hope you will enjoy this study and meditate on His name and who He is. May the Lord bless each of you for your study this week. In Him,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great challenge!