What’s in a Name?

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 12.32.40 PMPoor John Travolta.

The press is hounding him for screwing up Idina Menzel’s name. If you missed it, he was an Oscar presenter Sunday night. His only job was to introduce Idina before she sang “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen. But the press can’t let it go. It’s just too cool to forget.

John pronounced her name wrong. I mean, WAY wrong. He called her Adele Dazeem. In his defense, he did add a Middle Eastern accent to it.

Now you can go to various sites on the web and “John Travolta-ize” your name. Not that I would ever encourage such behavior, but… here’s a link:


Just as Bill Shakespeare asked “What’s in a Name” the answer is actually… kind of a lot.

Psalm 113:3 says, From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.

We know the Bible has all kinds of names for God. I AM, Adonai, Alpha and Omega, the list goes on. But did you know in Hebrew when it says “the name of the Lord” the word for name by itself gives honor?

The Hebrew meaning of name used here holds the idea of a definite and conspicuous position. It’s kind of like a title to “of the Lord”. It is descriptive, implying honor, authority, and character. The psalmist could have just said the Lord is to be praised. But instead, he wanted to stress the name of the Lord is to be praised.


God’s name means something. It is power, truth, and peace. All the names of God represent his character, which is perfect, eternal, and unchanging.

The Bible records people being healed in Jesus name.
Praying in the name of the Jesus brings power.
Our salvation comes through confessing Jesus’ name.

The mere mention of God’s name can change lives. Many Christians today in Israel will write G-d, rather than God, out of holiness and respect. This way they know they won’t profane His name.

They know we need to guard the name of the Lord. It should be revered and held high. It should never be used flippantly or as an exclamation.

We need to remember God is so great, even his name is holy.

To learn more about this, go to Biblehub.com.

One thought on “What’s in a Name?

  1. A point that should never be forgotten. An involuntary screech moves down my spine anytime I hear someone use His name, “flippantly”, especially in movies and on tv because a mass of people are seeing it as usable when it should NEVER be. Power in the name, indeed.

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