The television show “I’ve Got a Secret,” which aired from 1952 to 1967, captured the hearts of many Americans. Celebrities appeared on the show, signed their names on a large flip chart, hidden from the contestants who tried to guess their identity. The show fed the itch to discover some one’s secret. And it was all wrapped around the individual’s name. Well, I’ll let you in on a “juicy” little secret later.
What’s in a name anyway? Identity, character, individuality, connection, status, prestige for starters. Like Ezekiel who passionately longed for God’s word as we learned in last week’s Umbilical, so Isaiah echoed that passion of our hearts for God’s name. 26:8 Why is His name–the second of God’s possessions–so treasured?
Because His Son’s name Jesus is the only connection between God and us. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 A great motivator to claim His name.
Because his name purifies the lips of his people, enabling them to praise and call on him. Zeph 3:9 Interesting incentive to treasure His name.
Because knowing His name will drive us to seek refuge in Him. Psalm 9:10 Knowledge, heart–felt knowledge, like the intimacy between a husband and wife, provokes us to deposit our confidence exclusively in His name. Enoch knew God so well, God walked him from the earth right into heaven. Noah knew God so well, God helped him build a huge life boat to save him and his family. I’d say it’s a potent stimulus to nail down ownership of that name.
Because–here’s that “juicy” little secret–when timelessness swallows up time, then His name will be our identity for all eternity. When Christ returns he has promised to “write on you his new name.” Rev 3:12 And the mystery of it all is–that new name, which “no one knows but he himself,” Rev 19:12 will be shared only with those who cherish that name above all names.
Since we have this secret to share, let’s not keep that large flip chart hidden from others.
The second in a 3-part series on God’s possessions.