Do you ever read the “introductions” for the different Bible books? I love them because they tell me the dates the books were written or who the author hung out with. Many describe the meaning of the author’s name.
- Ezekiel — God is strong
- Joel — The Lord is God
- Amos — Burden bearer, from ‘The Lord carries.”
- Obadiah — Servant of the Lord
- Micah — Who is like the Lord
- Nahum — Comfort and Consolation
- Zechariah — The Lord has remembered
- Malachi — My Messenger
And isn’t it interesting that the last prophet and book in the Old Testament is Malachi, meaning My Messenger, when the next books begin the New Testament and the time when God sent us His Messenger, in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Whatever our names stand for, it would be far better if our lives stood for something important, something that told the world that we love and serve the risen Christ!
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:1 KJV)
Prayer – Lord, thanks for our Bibles, words which in every way display you and your Son, the Christ. Amen