The Wedding of All Weddings
Guest Name Tags – Part 5
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 49:13-16
Key Verse: Isaiah 49:16
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.
I love the truth that is being taught in our key verse: “I have written your name on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16a). Your name means something to God. In our society, the meaning of a name is not significant, but in Bible times, a person’s name was central to their purpose and character. For example, the name Benjamin is a Hebrew name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Benjamin is: “Son of my right hand.” Many Jewish families named their youngest child Benjamin. I am the youngest in my family, though I am not sure that my parents named me Benjamin for that reason.
God knows your name! Think about that for a moment, the God of the Universe; the One who created all things, knows your name. The Prophet Isaiah went a step further and described God’s love for you by saying that your name was written on the palms of God’s hands! It’s hard for us to fully grasp the love God has for us. We are His created beings that He breathed His breath of life into. It was His breath that gave us life and made us eternal. You and I will never stop existing. Your name is etched into eternity. It is for these reasons that Jesus came, lived among mankind, and died on the cross for our sins. God understands that scope of eternity; He knows how devastating it is to have an eternal soul live forever without Him. There is nothing more valuable than something that will last forever; God’s created beings are the only ones that have that value. Therefore, Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field (Matthew 13:44). Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? If you have asked Jesus to forgive you and live in you, it is!
Father, thank you for knowing my name. In Jesus’ Name, amen.