Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali; and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Padan Aram. Gen 35:22-26
Most names have meaning or some significance.
All names in the Bible carry a meaning. Each of the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel) are Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. Each would go like this when given the meaning: A Son, Heard, Attached, Praise, Judge, My Wrestling, A Troup, Happy, Wages, Dwelling, Add, and Son of my Right Hand.
Moses means “drawn out”.
Joshua and Jesus both mean “savior”. Jesus is an English version of the Greek Iesous from the Hebrew Yeshua, though many different spellings of this exist.
My name, Otis Timothy, means “wealthy” and “honoring God”.
My dad’s name was Otis Thomas. Otis means “wealthy” and Thomas “a twin”.
My mom is Billie Mace, which means “defender of justice” and “mason”.
Names also mean different things from country to country. Linda means “snake” in Germany, “lime tree” in England, and “pretty one” in Spain. So her parents gave her the Spanish version!
Jesus told the church at Philadelphia, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” Rev 3:11-12
So perhaps the Savior Himself will give us a new name!
Until then, I honor God with my present one!