Promoting Word Study
This is the name of the first chapter in the My Dog Gets It book. When I wrote it, I knew it was a great place to start. But it seems so simple. Names used to have huge weight during the bible days and they still have weight today. If we meet someone whose name is Juan. We assume that he is a male and that his nationality is Spanish. We might make further assumptions about his country and his overall perception or view of life based on what we know about Latin people in general.
Shaniqua is a name that brings to mind a female of African descent. Most names for girls end in “a”. A name like Mohammad or Osama, these days sparks concern for what the world has experienced from cultures who would use these name throughout it. The same thing can be said about names such as Hitler and Ted Bundi. In the 2nd installment of the Harry Potter movies, Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling wrote and the character Hermione said, “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” She might be right.
Here is a name that in the New Testament that for a small group of people invoked fear. The name was Saul. Saul of Taurus. Saul was an educated man in the laws of the Old Testament (Acts 22:1-3). Through upholding those laws he says that he was a blasphemer, a persecutor and a violent man (1 Timothy 1:12-15). “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2 NIV). What’s in a name? Just from our short conversation about different types of names, we can see that there is so much caught up in a name.