Why are there so many names in the Bible? That is the question.
Well, my whole attitude has changed entirely about all of the names we have to get through as we make an attempt to read through the Bible.
I used to skip through them, but I have begun to slow down and read through, with great trouble at times, the names.
You see, in our world today, don’t you just feel like a number most of the times?
We are a number at the deli counter, we are a number for this and for that, and for college you simply are a number – and at times we just feel like 1 in a million.
But you see, when you and I walk in the door to our home, we have names, we are part of a family. God says,
“Toni, call Me Father when you talk to Me.”
I am not a number with God.
His words for me,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;” Jeremiah 1:5
He knows your name, you were known by Him before you were even formed in the womb. That is what the Bible tells us. And if that is not enough, God makes sure that He says it over and over again,
“My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
the days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”
Surely you have heard these words before, haven’t you?
Well, they are true. And they are for you and for me.
This is where the word ‘believe’ comes in. Do you believe the Father loves you?
He knows your name.
We get asked many questions in the course of a day, but perhaps we need to be asked, Are you a child of God?
I was 20 when I felt God asking me that question. I wasn’t just a number to Him ever. He knew me even though I didn’t know Him.
He actually ‘chose me, in Him before the foundation of the world’ Eph. 1:4.
But there was a day when all I knew was that I needed Him.
Do you know your need for God? You might be an orphan that knows no father here on earth. Or, you might even have been born in a Christian family, but you might have turned your back on God.
We have an enemy that always lies about God, making us think that God the Father is not good. That He is going to put us in a box, so to speak. Then we tie ourselves in knots with our anger over what is not true.
So it’s really the other way around, without Him, we put ourselves in our own prisons. And then there are no open doors, where can we go?
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10.
Do you need a door to walk through to feel at home. Jesus is the door. Did you know that,“In Him we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins,” Eph. 1:7. Of course you did, you probably learned it in Sunday School. But perhaps now it has meaning.
Well, God was calling my name. And He is calling yours as well. Remember, He knew you before the foundations of the world.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12
He even thinks about you,
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I am awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17,18.
Here is what you do,
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30.
“Draw near to God,
and He will draw near to you.”
…“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will
lift you up.” James 4:8.
“Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you know not of…” Jer. 33:3, and He will draw near to you,…oh, and He won’t call you by a number, no, He will call you,…
by your name.