What’s in a Name?

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Matthew 11:25
New International Version (NIV)

The Father Revealed in the Son

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.


Bluefish are known by many names throughout the world, as tailor in Australia, shad on the east coast of South Africa, and elf on the western North American coast. Other common names are skip jack, and choppers. The name “tailor” comes from their ability to cut through fishing nets with their sharp teeth. We often wonder what people think of us or how they view us, but tonight I pose this question…

How do we see others?

Jesus was known in different ways. The Pharisees and Sadducees saw Him as a heretic and a blasphemer, the Romans saw Him as a trouble maker and a rabble-rouser, the poor, the displaced and the sick saw Him as a mighty prophet, and Peter was the first to recognize Him as the Son of God, the Messiah. How can a single man be seen in so many varied ways?

What makes for so many opinions? And how do we look at one another? Do we take the time to look closely at others or do we form our opinions “at first glance”? That old saying about it being hard to know a man without walking in his shoes is very true. Let’s try to really listen to one another and to see each person with clarity. What do we really see and hear when we take time to listen and observe.


Father,

Please open our eyes and ears. Let us have patience to stop and listen, to see, and to understand one another. Keep us from jumping to conclusions about each other. Help us to look at the heart and know what makes each of us “really” tick and not settle for some “name” that has been given to someone. Names are easy to come by. Let us be sure to judge correctly.

We thank You for sending Jesus. He is our hope and our strength. Come quickly Lord Jesus, come quickly!

Amen!

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