Monday, August 2, 2021
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold” (Proverbs 22:1 KJV).
Who are the seven noteworthy men in Scripture named before their births?
“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael [“God will hear”]; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction” (Genesis 16:11). “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac [“laughter”]: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him” (Genesis 17:19). “And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah [“beloved of JEHOVAH,” another name for Solomon], because of the LORD” (2 Samuel 12:25).
“And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah [“founded of JEHOVAH”] by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee” (1 Kings 13:2). “That saith of Cyrus [“possess the furnace,” King of Persia], He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;…” (Isaiah 44:28–45:1).
“But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John [the Baptist, “favored of JEHOVAH”]” (Luke 1:13). “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS [“JEHOVAH-Saviour”]: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Let us study the accomplishments of these seven men, that we may better appreciate their good names….