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Names In Scripture

M____ wrote:

Hi Mike! It has been awhile since I have written to you. Just wanted to let you know how
appreciative I am of all the work you and you family (spiritual and physical) do for so many of
us so far away. Psalms 50:23 "But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to
my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God." It is truly a blessing to be helped in
understanding this great knowledge which has brought much sought after inner peace. I do find
myself more aware of every action and thought and how it influences others. With Christ in us
we can speak with boldness and it changes those around us even if it is only in a small way.

[I was sent] an email sharing your thoughts on some upcoming study's. I am quite pleased you
are going to do a series on the spiritual significance of names in scripture. You mentioned several
times how the law of the offerings used to bore you. I just finished reading I and II Chronicles
and found myself skipping through the endless genealogies which I find extremely tedious. I
know all names have a spiritual significance which I have been meaning to look into but have
not quite found the time.

A great lesson which you have helped me to understand and take to heart is to look within myself
and not at others which has left me with a greater compassion for others and where God has them
in this age. The beast within is sufficient to overcome without pointing to others.

Psalms 55:9 Destroy them, Lord, and confuse their speech, for I see violence and strife in the
:10 Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness
within the city.

May God continue to bless you, M____

Hi M___,

It is good to hear from you.

I seriously doubt that my study on Biblical names is going to make the reading of endless
genealogies any less boring. But I do hope that it will give you a better understanding of the
mind of God and Christ. For example, look at the name Adam:

Here is Hitchcock's Dictionary Of Names definition of Adam:

Adam - earthy; red

And here is Strong's definition:

From H119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): - X
another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person.
But now notice what is the Hebrew word behind the word translated 'ground' in this verse:
Gen 2:19Â And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every
fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever
Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.
From H119; soil (from its general redness): - country, earth, ground, husband [-man] (-ry), land.

Seeing all these definitions together makes it clear that Adam is very closely associated with the
earth. And so we are told:
1 Cor 15:47Â The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven.
1 Cor 15:48Â As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly,
such [are] they also that are heavenly.
1 Cor 15:49Â And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the
That is the sort of thing I hope to accomplish with this coming study of Biblical names. There
really is much to be learned by the names God gives to His servants; good or evil.

I have never seen Psalms 55: 9-10 in the version you quote here:
Psalms 55:9 Destroy them, Lord, and confuse their speech, for I see violence and strife in the
:10 Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness
within the city.
I went to the King James to see how it read and I was amazed at the verses which follow:
Psa 55:9Â Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the
Psa 55:10Â Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are
in the midst of it.
Psa 55:11Â Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
Psa 55:12Â For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither [was
it] he that hated me [that] did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from
Psa 55:13Â But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
Psa 55:14Â We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
In the past couple of years I have come to understand those verses both inwardly and outwardly.

When Christ warned us that our enemies would be "they of thine own household" He was giving
us a spiritual warning. Yes, your own physical family can indeed turn on you, but what hurts the
most is when you see the enemy within, both within your own heart and mind and within the
hearts and minds of your own spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ, turn on you and want you

But that is our calling, and it is an honor to be evil spoken of.

Thank you for bringing those verses to my attention.