“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:17-18
Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name? Names are important to God. For instance the Bible tells us that God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5), Sarai’s name to Sarah (Genesis 17:15), Jacob’s name to Israel (Genesis 32:28), and Simon’s name to Peter (Matthew 16:18) to signify important events or roles that each of these individuals would play in God’s plan for humanity. The Bible also tells us that God has new names awaiting those who belong to Him. Revelations 2:17 promises “To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”
Recently a friend told me to check into the Hebrew meaning of the names in the lineage of Adam to Noah (Genesis 5). In the Hebrew language the number ten symbolizes absolute completeness. For instance God gave man Ten Commandments, ten plagues were inflicted on Egypt, ten adults are the required quorum for a prayer service in Judaism, and there are ten generations between Adam and Noah. So what do these ten Hebrew names mean?
According to Chuck Missler (1):
Adam means “man,”
Seth means “appointed,”
Enosh means “mortal,”
Kenan means “sorrow,”
Mahalalel means “blessed God,”
Jared means “shall come down,”
Enoch means “teaching,”
Methuselah means “His death shall bring,”
Lamech means “despairing,”
Noah means “to bring relief or comfort.”
If you put these meanings together you get: man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest. Amazing. The plan of salvation in names that I have read over multiple times without much of a thought….
Dear Lord thank you for giving us everything that we need in your Holy Word. I stand in awe of your wisdom and mercy. May your will be done now and forever.
(1) www. khouse.org/articles/2000/284/