What’s in a name? What’s in a name? That’s a famous question that’s asked in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays Romeo and Juliet. The two young people in love are asking “what’s in a name” because their names, Montague and Capulet, are keeping them from being able to be married. Their families have been at war for generations and so in that name is hostility and division.
The Christian family of God can ask the same thing, what’s in a name? But when we’re talking about the Lord’s name the answer is far more gracious, far more gifting and good. When the Lord spoke to Moses he told Moses exactly what was in his name he said
Put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them. (Numbers 6:27)
When a family of God gathers together they call upon the name of the Lord because in that name the only name that saves us from sin and death is blessing and life. And so as the family of God, having gathered in the name of the Lord, having received his blessings, as they go their way again, we go away in that name.
So the servant of the Lord speaks on the people and he speaks the name for in that name is blessing the forgiveness of sins. And in it is the peace that neither our own name nor anything in the world could give to us peace and life everlasting.
Go your way in peace in the name of the Lord, amen.