What’s In a Name?

me and Jeff

A few years ago, a repairman came out to my house to fix some things. He greeted me several times as Mrs. Manning. This new name was starting to stick. I was a new bride. When the repairman left he said it again, “Have a good day Mrs. Manning.”
On that day I began to think about how I represented my husband. My husband has a title to his name. He is in several positions of authority. How I looked, how my home looked, how I spoke, everything about me was a reflection of who I am, but also who my husband is. Let me take this a step further. When the children of Israel left Egypt, Egypt represented sin– it usually does.   They started out on a journey towards the Promise Land not knowing what all they would face getting there.
They fought giants and they murmured and complained about the lack of water, food, even the leader HaShem had placed over them. At times they missed their old life of sin and they said things like, “Let’s go back to Egypt. At least we had leeks and onions, and garlic.  Think back to when you first asked Jesus/ Yeshua to be LORD of your life. What is the definition of Lord?
Lord: “A person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.”  That was the day you married the King of Kings. He became more than Lord. He also is a friend, a companion and a lover of your soul. You now represent HIM. You are HIS BRIDE! Hurry, go look in the mirror and see yourself dressed in all His Glory. He said this about YOU–“”How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil; Your hair is like a flock of goats That have descended from Mount Gilead.” Song of Solomon 4:1 NASB.
Let’s think back to before we were married to Jesus/ Yeshua–what did our life look like then? Did we smell like leeks, onions, and garlic? We need to thank HIM for where He has brought us from. “He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.” Deuteronomy 8:15 NASB. Yeshua is the Word made flesh. He is the Light. He is the Lamp. He is the Torah. When we place His Commandments above the worlds ways, we are a beautiful bride indeed.
So back to my name and your name and the importance of this. If you are reading this and you asked Jesus/ Yeshua to become Chief in your life, He came and He breathed His Holy Ruach Breath upon you. You became his bride. I am Jeff’s new bride, I represent him. I also represent Jesus/ Yeshua. Everything I say, do, wear, my home, even how I walk, represents Him. Now that I am married he has given me a set of Commandments (Torah Instructions) to follow and a book on how to be the most beautiful bride.
If you read the book it gives you tips on how to enhance that beauty from Glory to Glory. It instructs us how to win races and how to love our enemies. It tells us how to get out of debt, run a business well, how to treat our neighbors and even a whole chapter on how to be a great wife empowered by the Ruach HaKodesh. Proverbs 31 is often called “The Proverbial woman.”  I want to be the best wife I can be to both my Maker, My Husband and my earthly husband. I want to look good on the inside and the outside. Don’t you? WHO DO YOU REPRESENT?
“For your MAKER is your HUSBAND–the LORD Almighty is his NAME–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” Isaiah 54:5 NIV.  Paul said, “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”” 2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT.  YOU ARE HIS AMBASSADOR. YOU ARE HIS BRIDE, YOU ARE HIS CHILD.  Make Daddy proud!

 

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lord

Photograph by Lindsey Clements

5 thoughts on “What’s In a Name?

  1. I want to represent God in a way that will help bring others to him. I fail miserably every day. I want my heart to be filled with his will and his will alone, but then I selfishly satisfy my own will. AHHH it is such a struggle within myself that I am constantly loosing, but I will never stop struggling, trying to represent God well, and to put his will first. I pray for his forgiveness for when I fail in sin.
    Thank you for writing this Mrs. Manning.

  2. Great article. I need to think about who I represent more often. Just because GOD knows my heart, does’t mean anyone else does and I am surely misunderstood frequently, because of my mouth! Yes I fail all the time as well.

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