Being called by that Name.
Ever been called names? No, not like when your mother called you by your first and your middle names because you did a no-no, but mean, nasty, rude names. Yeah, we all have.
But there is one special name we want to be called by.
Being called by that name…then
In the Hebrew betrothal tradition, when a maiden became betrothed, she affiliated herself with the family name of her espoused as grafted into their family tree. This could not be done lightly, for she desired to uphold the name and reputation not only of her own family but of the bridegroom’s family as well.
Therefore, she had to watch her behavior so that nothing she did reflected negatively on their names.
This step in the tradition is called erusin, which literally means forbidden, as all others were taboo.
God desired to be the One True God and Husband to His covenant people and desired that they love Him alone. He commanded them not to even mention the names of other gods.
At one time, the title/name Baali was applied to God. However, during the reign of Ahab, his wife Jezebel promoted the proliferation of idolatry and commanded the slaying of Jehovah’s prophets. Consequently, Baali became associated with the worship rituals and practices of Baal.
The meaning of Baal’s name comes from another word meaning a title for any person who owned something, possessor, a master, lord, husband, or married.
Essentially, Baal owned the people who worshipped him, joining themselves to him in oneness as in marriage. Because of this, God desired that His Name and His presence be kept holy and apart from others.
Therefore, God said He would remove the names of the Baals from the mouths of His people for He no longer desired to be called Baali/Master but desired to be called Ishi/Husband. The same word Iysh is used in Scripture elevating Adam’s position after God created Eve, joining them as one.
Is there a take-away from this? Yup! For whatever we worship, we are joined to it and we become one with it, as married to it.
Being called by that Name…now
That Name is our Beloved’s Name: Jesus!
Erusin’s forbidden means the same for us. When we agree to the holy union with our Bridegroom and take His Name upon our heart, all rivals are taboo, for we are to uphold the reputation of our heavenly Family Name by allowing anything unholy we do or say to contaminate it or by allowing other suitors to take His place.
To keep that Name holy, God said, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” (Ex. 20:7 ESV)
The Hebrew word for take means to lift up, exalt, extol, respect, magnify, marry, and so on. Marry? Interesting.
Remember, whatever we worship, we are joined to it and we become one with it, as married to it.
You are being called by that Name!
Don’t place anything above it!
We cannot mistreat that Name for it is too precious to be treated lightly. It is a “more excellent name,” (Heb. 1:4 NKJV) the “name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” (Phil. 2:9b-10a TLB) Amen!
Living a lifestyle that upholds that Precious and Wonderful Name is our duty and priority.
It is our privilege.
“Praise God for the privilege of
being called by His wonderful name!”
(1 Peter 4:16 NLT)
May your words and actions not reflect negatively on that Precious Name.
May you carry His Name well…Lynn