Name Calling

Luke 2:36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.”

The two main female characters in the Christmas story could probably tell us a lot about labels and name calling.  The scripture above points out that Elizabeth was called barren.  In her day and culture she may as well have been called worthless or “put out to pasture”.  It’s funny how things change.  Today nobody would have said anything to her for being barren, but had she not been barren she may have been labeld “just a mom”.

And what about Mary?  I’m sure she was called a lot of names after she showed up pregnant with Jesus, but I’m fairly certain that “The Virgin Mary” wasn’t among them.  Ironically, all these years after she’s had several children Mary is constantly referred to as a virgin.  The poor woman can’t win!

What about you?  What have you been called?  What do you call yourself?  You may wear a lot of labels and some of them may accurately describe some aspect of you, but none of them really tell the story of you, who you really are and who God envisioned you to be.  That is from Him and can only be found in Him.

That’s why He, God, came here and wore the labels of infant, man, carpenter, liar, prophet and fool.  The labels didn’t matter.  He knew who He was and He knew you, too.  He put the labels on so that you and I could take ours off and know ourselves as we are known.  I think He almost likes it when we get labeled incorrectly.  It gives Him the chance to prove that there really is nothing impossible with Him

Isaiah 62

   2And thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of Jehovah will name.

3And thou shalt be a crown of beauty in the hand of Jehovah, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4Thou shalt no more be termed, Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed, Desolate: but thou shalt be called, My delight is in her, and thy land, Married; for Jehovah delighteth in thee.

5and with the joy of the bridegroom over the bride, shall thy God rejoice over thee.

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