There is something about a name. Names can bring pain, sadness or bondage. Names can bring hope, freedom and victory. Names declare our identity, define our character and reveal our most valued relationships.

Almost 600 years before Jesus came to earth, the Israelites were
held captive by the Babylonians. Captivity, bondage and
desolation were their identity. In Isaiah, chapters 40-55, the
prophet announces God’s intention to bring about the defeat of
the Babylonians; setting the Israelite captives free. In chapter 62
these demoralized, oppressed people are given a new name!

Read Isaiah 62:1-5. The Israelites are battling being known as
forsaken, but God is giving them a new identity. Notice God’s
promises in vs. 1-3: her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and
her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your
righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and
you shall be called
by a new name t
hat the mouth of the Lord will give.

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal
diadem in the hand of your God.

The vindication of these exilic people bursts forth in brightness
and her salvation will become a burning torch. Her new life will
stand in stark contrast to her previous identity. Her suffering and
devastation are recognized, yet her emergence will be like an
epiphany revealing her beauty, her royal stature, and her new
identity because God will give her a new name. She will be a
crown, a royal wreath in God’s own hand.

We too live in bondage but God has promised freedom from
captivity through the blood of Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:13) We, as
sinners, have been renamed as God’s beloved children. We have
received the priceless gift of love and a new future. Our new

identity is that of being a child of God. (John 1:12, 1 John 3:1-2) We
are a chosen people; a royal priesthood. (I Peter 2:9) We are a new
creation. (2 Cor. 5:17) We are heirs of God; sons and daughters of
the King! (Gal. 4:4-7)

Do you believe in the gift that God has given you through His Son,
Jesus? Will you receive this new identity of being God’s own
precious child? He has given you a new name. He calls you
beloved!

Thank you, Jesus, for sacrificing your life for me, for calling me your child and giving me a new name. I choose today to live in the freedom of your mercy and grace; as a holy, loved, and cherished child of the King. Amen.

Lynette Fuson
Women’s Ministry Director

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