What’s in a Name?
Read Genesis 34:1 through 36:43
Teddy hated his name. He was teased by friends, taunted by bullies, and even laughed at by strangers.
“What on earth were my parents thinking?” he asked. “If only my surname wasn’t Bear.”
As soon as Teddy turned eighteen, he changed his name legally and became known as James Benn. He was amazed at the difference it made. He walked straighter, looked people in the eye when he talked, and acted more confidently.
“Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel” (Genesis 35:10).
God sometimes changed people’s names to something that reflected their new calling and character. Jacob’s new name reflected his character change. He went from being an ambitious, driven deceiver, to becoming a faithful man of God, the leader of God’s chosen nation.
Does being called a Christian make a difference in your life?
Thought for Today: If your name reflected your character, what would you be called?
Quicklook: Genesis 35:9–15
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