I’ve heard the story of how I got my name. We were on our way to the hospital and the song, “Davy Crockett,” was playing on the radio. Everyone was singing along and the name was chosen. If I had been named “descriptively” like Cain or Moses, my name would probably have been selected after the hilly stretch of highway to the hospital. You know those little hills that flip your stomach if you’re not watching the road? Well, just call me “stomach turner.”
Names that Reveal
The name was given to me for reasons other than describing or revealing who I am. But when we consider the Names of God, we find Names that reveal His character.
We’ve been studying the Moral Code known as the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20. Today we begin looking at the first four commandments that focus on our relationship to God.
Psalm 9:1-2, 9-10
1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
God reveals His very nature through the names by which He is known. Through that nature, we are able to trust Him. What are some the characteristics of our God that come to your mind—merciful, comforter, deliverer, provider? There are unique names of God revealed in the Old Testament to describe each of those characteristics. In our passage from Psalm 9, we see our God as a refuge for the oppressed; strength for those who are weak; and faithful (“…you, LORD, never forsaken those who seek you.”).
Names of God
There are reported to be approximately 70 names of God in the Old Testament. We will not attempt an exhaustive search for all possible names in this series of lessons. As previously mentioned, translators had a special problem with the Names of God because the Hebrew language did not allow for distinction for proper names. The context of the passage would give indications, more or less, if the description was a Name of God or simply a description of His character. We will look at several Names of God that are clearly designations through which He is known.
1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
Family Night Volunteers August 20th Our lesson is “Trust God—Do What’s Right.” Supper is at 5:30; activities at 6:00. Meal: Huff; Songs/Prayer: Jesse; Storyteller: _ ___; Memory: _______; Puppets: Hudson; Activity: Erin.
Christian Closet Thank you for the many food donations this past month. It is greatly appreciated by the many who come each month. This month we will collect SPAGHETTI SAUCE & NOODLES.
Potluck Season Is Here! Our monthly potlucks begin again in just a few weeks! Sunday, September 7th will be our first potluck for the fall season. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board so we can coordinate our meal choices.
Congregational Planning Meeting Everyone is encouraged to join us for our planning meeting after the potluck on Sunday, September 7th. If you have any ideas or concerns for the meeting, please see Jesse.
Calendar Updates Marquette Ladies Day September 13.
August Memory Work “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
John Coopride (Melissa’s husband) had a stroke Monday evening and is at OSF. He’s doing better but has lost some movement on his left side. He’ll go to Christian Park for rehab.
Bonnie’s co-worker requests prayer for 10 yr old granddaughter who had brain surgery to remove growth.
Linda is making progress but slow. Therapy will begin in September.
Missy’s surgery went well! She is home and has her arm in a sling.
Eric Samuelson’s grandmother passed away. This is Chuck & Ann’s son-in-law.
Health: Carole, Curtis Sundquist, Theresa (M.S.), Mary Hawkins, Jake (back), Bill & Shirley Mills, Steve Clark. Cancer: Tony Fittante, Rose Beauchamp, Christy Robinson, Marcia Frederick, Mary Ann Poe, Norah, and Jeanette Pierce. Pregnancy: Ashley Godoy, Sarah O’Neal, Julie Davis, Emilee, Shelly Goodle.
Any updates on our Continued Concerns? Please call or e-mail so we can refresh our concerns to the Lord. Call 233-0065; E-mail email@example.com.