When searching for a new Skype account password I was shocked to discover that countless unrelated individuals shared my name. They had different nationalities, personalities and lifestyles, but their birth certificate was written with an all too familiar name and surname, that of yours truly!
Names were not unique in the Bible either. In fact the name Yeshua* was common in the era of the second temple. In those times names were carefully chosen to confer a blessing or to highlight a trait of character. Yeshua’s was prophetic. It meant “Yahweh is salvation”.
In Hebrew culture a name so embodied the essence of a person that it carried this person’s own authority (which is why Yeshua told His disciples to pray in His name!) In fact God’s name was honored to such an extent that to avoid any risk of mispronunciation, people took to calling God “Ha Shem” or “The Name” instead and to writing it G-d.
Yet today God’s name, which is little more than a swear word in the world, is also taken in vain by churches that seek to legitimize unbiblical agenda and tamper with His truth.
But to the end of time and beyond, Yeshua/Jesus will remain the one Name that is above every name, and the only name through which all can be saved.
* Yeshua is the Hebrew name of Jesus.