HIS NAME IS ONE


Psaalms 135:13: Thy name, O Jehovah, is for ever; thy memorial, O Jehovah, from generation to generation.


Biblical Names

In our modern culture name I nothing more than an identifier, usually chosen by our parents because they like the sound of the name or it is the name of favorite relative or ancestor. This is not true of the ancient cultures, such as the Hebrews, where a name was a representation of whom the individual was, based on his character and function.

One of the major differences between our Western culture and the Eastern culture of the ancient Hebrews is how someone or something is described. The Hebrew was not so concerned with the appearance of someone or something, as he was with its function. A Western mind would describe a common pencil according to its appearance, something like; “it is yellow and about eight inches long”. An Eastern mind describes the same pencil according to its function, something like.; I write and erase words with it”. Notice that the eastern description uses the verbs ‘write” and ‘
“ erase”, while the Western description uses the adjectives “yellow” and ‘long”.

 

Patriarch       Hebrew meaning of Name


ADAM                   MAN

SETH                    APPOINT (SET IN PLACE)

ENOSH                MORTAL ( ALSO MEANS MAN, AS MAN IS MORTAL)

KENAN                 DWELLING PLACE ( LITERALLY A NEST )

MAHALALEL       LIGHT OF GOD (ALSO MEANS PRAISE AS IT ILLUMINATES ANOTHER)

JARED                 COMES DOWN

ENOCH                DEDICATE

METHUSELAH    HIS DEATH BRINGS

LAMECH              DESPAIR

NOAH                   COMFORT

 

When the meanings of these names are combined, we will discover a very interesting prophecy of the coming Messiah based on the functional description of the names of Adam’s descendents.

“MAN APPOINTED A MORTAL DWELLING, THE LIGHT OF GOD WILL COME DOWN DEDICATED, HIS DEATH BRINGS THE DESPAIRING COMFORT.”