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And His Name Shall Be Called...

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

What do names mean to you? How do you view titles? As we study the Bible we find writers describing individuals with names, titles, and descriptive words or phrases. For example, in John 10:1-21, Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Under a different metaphor in the same passage, Christ is portrayed as the door (10:7-9,11,27-30).

Names were especially significant to the Hebrews for their indicated a person's nature. Our title is from the OT prophet Isaiah. "His name shall be" is a prophecy about the nature of the coming Messiah. Abraham, Sarah, and Israel are all name changes. Even God's people will get a new name (Isa. 62), a prophecy which was fulfilled in Acts 11:26.

Consider some of the ways Jesus is described in the Bible. Jesus, both God and Man, is described in a variety of interesting ways. While some of these phrases include descriptive words, it seems that most are applied to Jesus as names or titles.

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Last updated November 4, 2003.