In our Bible reading today, an interesting way of describing one of the trumpet players caught my interest. The Jews had gone back to Jerusalem and had finished rebuilding the walls. They were having a huge celebration with singers, and musical instruments, etc.
Many people’s names were given, but when they got to verse 35, here is what was written:
“and some of the priests’ sons with trumpets—Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph, and his brethren, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them.” (Nehemiah 12:35-36 NKJV)
And we think we have trouble entering someone’s name. We may put Jr., Sr., I, II, or III, etc, but this is giving his whole ancestry almost. How would you like to introduce someone in your family and give about four or five generation’s names.
Today, we use middle and last names to help distinguish a person’s identity. Also, you may have discovered that other generations used the names of parents and grandparents in their children’s names.
When we do searches, there are many times when the popular names like; Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, James, George, etc. can give us a fit.
So, you can just call me:
Lee, the daughter of Gertrude Viola, the daughter of Horace C., the daughter of Lucius T., the daughter of Horace Cady, the daughter of Townsend Underwood Bushnell.
Or, you could call me:
Lee, the daughter of Harry Otto, the daughter of Wesley W., the daughter of Abraham, the daughter of William, the daughter of James Boles, Sr.
Best of all, you can just call me Lee, and I’ll answer you.
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:31 KJV)
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:20 KJV)
Oh, the joys of tracing our ancestors!
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:19-20 KJV)