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What’s in a Name?

Today in the daily Bible we began the book of Daniel.

I have studied this book quite a bit but am always left to wonder why in our modern day corporate studies and our retelling of Bible stories, we usually use the Chaldean names (or Babylonian names) given by the King when we speak of Daniel’s three friends instead of their Hebrew names. I much prefer the Hebrew: Hananiah, Misha’el, Azariah over Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

What is in a name? If you have never looked at this, you may find it interesting. I have listed the meaning of their names below – for the Hebrew and also the Chaldean names given to them. I have also included these for Daniel. I can understand fully why the king would want to change their names, but I can’t understand why I would ever want to call them such. I believe when we meet these three mighty men of God in heaven we won’t be calling them by any Babylonian name…Praise GOD!

Hebrew etymologies:
Daniel means “God is my Judge”
Hananiah means “Jah who is gracious”
Misha’el means “Who is like God?”, also means “to feed” or “to provide”—as in how a husband provides for his family
Azariah appropriately means “Jah has helped”

Chaldean etymologies:
Daniel was given the name Belteshazzar, meaning prince of Bel or Bel protect the king.

It has been asserted that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s names all pertained to pagan Babylonian gods.
Shadrach possibly is derived from Shudur Aku “Command of the moon god”
Meshach is probably a variation of Mi•sha•aku, meaning “Who is what Aku is?”, and may have been an alteration of his Hebrew name Mishael
Abednego is either a corrupted or deliberate use of Abednebo, “servant of Nebo/Nabu,” or Abednergo, a variation of Abednergal, “servant of the god Nergal”

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What’s in a Name?

Today in the daily Bible we began the book of Daniel.

I have studied this book quite a bit but am always left to wonder why in our modern day corporate studies and our retelling of Bible stories, we usually use the Chaldean names (or Babylonian names) given by the King when we speak of Daniel’s three friends instead of their Hebrew names. I much prefer the Hebrew: Hananiah, Misha’el, Azariah over Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

What is in a name? If you have never looked at this, you may find it interesting. I have listed the meaning of their names below – for the Hebrew and also the Chaldean names given to them. I have also included these for Daniel. I can understand fully why the king would want to change their names, but I can’t understand why I would ever want to call them such. I believe when we meet these three mighty men of God in heaven we won’t be calling them by any Babylonian name…Praise GOD!

Hebrew etymologies:
Daniel means “God is my Judge”
Hananiah means “Jah who is gracious”
Misha’el means “Who is like God?”, also means “to feed” or “to provide”—as in how a husband provides for his family
Azariah appropriately means “Jah has helped”

Chaldean etymologies:
Daniel was given the name Belteshazzar, meaning prince of Bel or Bel protect the king.

It has been asserted that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s names all pertained to pagan Babylonian gods.
Shadrach possibly is derived from Shudur Aku “Command of the moon god”
Meshach is probably a variation of Mi•sha•aku, meaning “Who is what Aku is?”, and may have been an alteration of his Hebrew name Mishael
Abednego is either a corrupted or deliberate use of Abednebo, “servant of Nebo/Nabu,” or Abednergo, a variation of Abednergal, “servant of the god Nergal”

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“Here I am Lord, send me!”

As I left my little prayer “room” this morning I was reminded of this. At the beginning of 2007 I said the words “Here am I Lord! Send me!!!” and I meant it with all of my heart. I asked the Lord to use me in the ministry where He could most trust me. I asked to go to the worst places; to places where most others didn’t want to go; where faith in God was the only option. I wanted to be changed by faith and I wanted a greater measure to live out this American life in the same way I read that the disciples had lived theirs.

So I thought the best way for God to answer that prayer was to send me to Mozambique for a season of study and ministry with Heidi Baker and Iris Ministries. They were seeing miracle after miracle and many salvations. It was my dream to love on and  do something for the Lord with the poorest of the poor, the widows and orphans – preach the good news to the nations. Had my passport ready and over half of my support raised but then God spoke something to me about His dreams and it touched my heart so much that I gave it back – the funds and plans.

See, I thought God was going to send me to Mozambique for a couple of months but instead God sent me to the prayer room.

I still sometimes dream my dreams but in the end…His plans are not my plans and His ways are not my ways. I pray some day I am changed so much from “glory to glory” that they are one and the same!

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The Titles and Descriptions of the Messiah in the Book of Isaiah

Studying Isaiah with Allen Hood of International House of Prayer University. Tonight he went over The Titles and Descriptions of the Messiah in the book of Isaiah. Even as he just read them you could feel the Presence of God. Truly touched my heart so much I wanted to share. Here are the names he read tonight

 The Branch of the Lord

Adonai

The King

The Holy, Holy, Holy

The Lord of Hosts

Immanuel

A Stumbling Stone

A Rock of Offense

Wonderful Counselor

Almighty God

Everlasting Father

Prince of Peace

Root of Jesse

A Banner to the Nations

Gatherer of the Remnant/Outcasts

Holy One of Israel

Righteous One

Crown of Glory

A Diadem of Beauty

A Stone

King Reigning in Righteousness

King in His Beauty

Judge

Lawgiver

Savior

Glory of the Lord

Excellency of our God

Shepherd

Redeemer

Servant

God’s Elect One

Yahweh

Warrior

Light to the Gentiles

Despised of Man

Mighty One of Jacob

Arm of the Lord

Tender Plant

Man of Sorrows

Smitten by God

God’s Righteous Servant

Maker

Husband

High and Lofty One

Zealous Warrior

Everlasting Light

Anointed One

The Speaker of Righteousness

Angel of His Presence

The Glory of Israel 

The Glory of the Nations