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“What's In a Name?”

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Why focus on names?

Because Biblical names carried significant meaning. A person's name is synonymous with a person's character and or actions.

Who gave you your name? Why that one?

Divinely inspired name changes include…

  • Abram became Abraham (father of many nations)
  • Simon became Cephas/Peter (rock)
  • Jacob, His name means supplanter (today we would use the term "conman")

Jacob, the Double-barreled Conman:

1. He conned his brother, Esau. (See Genesis 25:29-34)

2. He conned his daddy, Isaac. (See Genesis 27)

Genesis 27:41-45 NKJVSo Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob." 42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, "Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran. 44 And stay with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away, 45 until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day?"


Genesis 31:2-3 NKJVAnd Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before. 3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you."

Genesis 31:17-18 NKJVThen Jacob rose and set his sons and his wives on camels. 18 And he carried away all his livestock and all his possessions which he had gained, his acquired livestock which he had gained in Padan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.

Genesis 32:22-32 NKJVAnd he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had. 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26  And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!" 27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." 28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed." 29 Then Jacob asked, saying, "Tell me Your name, I pray." And He said, "Why is it that you ask about My name?" And He blessed him there. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." 31 Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob's hip in the muscle that shrank.

God changed Jacob's name to Israel (Prince with God or One who prevails with God)

Genesis 32:9-12 NKJVThen Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, 'Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you': 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies. 11 Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and the mother with the children. 12 For You said, 'I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.' "

What did Jacob fear most in life?


Whose opinion of you matters most?

If it's not already… make it God's!

He may not rename you, but He has or will _______ you!

  • redeem - to free from the consequences of sin
  • remake - to make anew
  • receive - to permit to enter a relationship with
  • reorient - change the focus or direction of
  • reassure - say or do something to remove your doubt or fear
  • repurpose - to give a new purpose

What's in a name?