Change of Name [4]

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There are some people in the Bible without names. They were rather known by their unfortunate situations and circumstances. They include the following:

🌻 Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52).  Bartimaeus simply means The son of Timaeus. So, what we often think was his name was simply a description. He was known as “The blind son of Mr. Timaeus”. The emphasis was more on his disability, the negative label, rather than who he actually was. In these days, we’ll refer that as stigmatization.

Other example are:

🌻 “A man who was born blind from birth” (John 9)

🌻 “The paralytic man” (Mark 2:1-12).

🌻 “A certain man lame from his mother’s womb who sat at the Temple Gate called “Beautiful” (Acts 3:1-10).

🌻”The woman with the issue of blood” (Luke 8:43–48)

In some other instances, though the people had names, they were still known more by their challenges. These include, Rachael, Hannah, Samson’s mum and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. The good news is that they didn’t end their lives with the negative label. They all gave birth to some real super men. The world wouldn’t have been complete without them.

🌺 Rachael gave birth to Joseph. Joseph means addition. The man was more than just addition. He was a multiplication. He was exponential. Joseph became known as Zaphnath-Paaneah (Genesis 41:45). The Egyptian name originally means Abundance of life. Josephus and other historians translated the name as one who reveals mysteries or a finder of mysteries Jerome later translated it as Saviour of the world (See The Dake Annotated Reference Bible, page 60).

🌺 Hannah gave birth to Samuel, one of the most important and respected Prophets Israel ever had. Bible says none of Samuel’s words fell to the ground (1 Samuel 3:19). In other words, he saw 100 percent fulfilment of all his prophecies. That’s quite a record!

🌺 Elizabeth gave birth to a great John the Baptist. The Angel told Mary “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:36&37)

The God of Elizabeth is our God. The word impossible doesn’t exist in His lexicon.

We cancel every negative label over our lives in the Name of Jesus. No disease must make their home in our bodies because Jesus lives there. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). We command all the negative labels to pass over in the Name of Jesus. We receive the change of name God has in store for us in the Name of Jesus. Amen

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