By Malina Debrie
Mathew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
When Mary was foretold of the birth of our Savior, she was not allowed to choose His name. No, that name or the responsibility of naming the “King” was of far too great importance. While Mary was selected the earthly Mother of the lamb of God, it was not her responsibility to ‘name’ Him. It was beyond her to distinguish Him; setting Him apart from all others. The task of differentiating the King of Kings from all others was far too great a feat to place on a mere human. Now, don’t misunderstand me. Mary definitely was special. She had been set apart from all other humans to be the mother of Jesus. However, she was not allowed to name the Savior. God heralded this name as a name of magnificence. It had to be a name that would be above all other names; a name that would make knees buckles; yet at it’s mention, also make hearts feel unmentionable joy.
When the angel appeared to Joseph, he was awakened from his sleep and told of the impending birth of Jesus. And all the rest is history. In a little less than two months we will celebrate the most glorious birth of all. The birth of our Savior; born to save man. Even though it appears so, the reason for this article is not about the birth of our Savior but about His name and the importance of a name,
It’s essential when aware of pregnancy, parents begin taking time planning the name of the child. A name can make a child a king or diminish them to a servant. It can demean a person or lift them to the highest position of power. In their name, a child can feel power or can feel reduced significantly simply by the name a person places on them.
There is power in a name. When visited by the angel, Mary was told the name to call “Jesus.” Naming our Lord and Savior was not left up to her. It would be awesome if when God breathes the breath of life into each one of us, He also inspired in our parents the name to give us. However, God gives each and every one of us “Free Will.” In giving us “Free Will,” it is in us to ask His guidance in every thing we do. In His word, God tells us to “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mathew 6:33. If you allow Him, ask Him and wait on Him, He will direct you and guide you in naming your child with the name He wishes that you give His creation. There is and can be none better!
By Malina Debrie