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In the Old Testament, names had meanings. Pharaoh's sister, a Princess named Moses meaning 'drawn out,' because she 'drew him out of the water' (see Exodus 2:10).
God instructed Hagar to name her soon to arrive son Ishmael for a specific reason [Genesis 16:11].
The same was true with Sarah naming her son Isaac due to Abraham and Sarah's laughing [Genesis 17:19].
There are seven people that we read of in the Bible who God named before birth.
Showing no 'partiality' they are not all Jews, nor are they all Christians. But, the one thing they all had in common, God have a plan for their lives. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
BIBLE QUIZ ANSWERS, POST 1, SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018; POST 2, WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018.
Isaac and Ishmael
The first two babies we read about in the book of Genesis named by God before their birth, had the same father. Abram.
Abram was given the promise by God that nations would come from him. At that time he had no children, his wife Sarai was barren. They waited 25 years for the promised child, Isaac to be born. But, about 13 years before Isaac’s birth, Sarai made a plan. She was barren and old and did not see how God could fulfil his promise. So she 'helped God’s prophesy to be fulfilled'. or so she thought, by giving her servant Hagar to Abraham to conceive a child.
Things did not go well between Hagar and her mistress Sarai and Hagar left. In the desert she met the Angel of the Lord who told her to go back……
And the Angel of the Lord said to her: “Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction. [Genesis 16:11 NKJV]
When Abram was 99 years old, God formalized the covenant with Abram. He changed their names from Abram to Abraham and from Sarai to Sarah. He promised Abraham, ['father of a multitude']. his long awaited child. Then God said: 'No, Sarah, ['mother of nations'], your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac, ['laughter'; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.' [Genesis 17:19 NKJV]
This, 'everlasting covenant' my friends is why, the 'descendants of Abraham, Isaac. Jacob' - will NEVER, EVER BE ANNIHILATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH. [Genesis 12:1-4]
Solomon was the third child God named before his birth.
Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba. 'Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he[a] called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him, and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord. ]'Jedidah', Beloved of the LORD][2 Samuel 12:24-25 NKJV]
He became king and because he asked the Lord for wisdom, the Lord gave him everything.
'Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days..'
[1 Chronicles 22:9 NKJV]. The days of 'Solomon' were of no wars, but, peace.
Josiah ['the LORD SUPPORTS']. The Lord gave Josiah his name 32 years before his birth.
He became King at the age of 8 years old and reigned for many years.
He was one of the few kings that obeyed God and did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
"Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, 'O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ ” [1 Kings 13:2 NKJV See also 2 Kings 22-23].
For each and everyone 'conceived' in the 'womb', God has a divine purpose and plan for our lives. The 'richest' 'discovery', is - to find and live within - His Plan. First and foremost, God would have all to come to repentance and join Him, by and through Faith in His One and Only Begotten Son, Jesus, before they pass out of this 'period of the time of His Grace'. Have you, my friend, done the 'First Thing'? [2 Peter 3:9]
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