The Nature of a Name

This is a subsidiary post of Name.

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A name means something.  It has certain properties and can be used in certain ways.

A name indicates that there is a reality behind the name.  The name of a person – whether earthly or heavenly – indicates that there is a person behind that name.

A person’s name can be used to address that person.  A name can also be used as way to delegate authority, as in “Go tell Harry I said to stop.”  When you go tell Harry to stop in that way you’re doing it in my name.  This is the concept of agency.

The following verses each have something to communicate about the nature of names, what they can mean and how they can be used.

Revelation 3:1  –  “you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead”

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1 Samuel 25:5  –  “So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, visit Nabal and greet him in my name;”

1 Samuel 25:9  –  “When David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in David’s name; then they waited.”

1 Samuel 25:25  –  “”Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him”  –  The Strong’s Concordance at Lockman.org indicates that the Hebrew word “nabal” means “to be senseless or foolish.”

 

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