OYB November 25

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Daniel 1, Daniel 2:1-23
NT: I Peter 3:8-22, I Peter 4:1-6
Ps: Psalm 119:65-80
Pr: Proverbs 28:14

Today´s notable verse:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

I Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Always be prepared to give an answer... Being prepared to give an answer requires studying and knowing God's Word; it requires facing the often-difficult questions, and finding their answers, before those questions are posed from another. We are not called to be ignorant believers, but rather to know and understand truth to the extent that God has revealed it to us.

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today, in which are posed the following questions, in a discussion of Nebuchadnezzar changing the names of Daniel and his Hebrew nobleman compatriot exiles:

Do you think that someone's name can be reflective of who they are? Are names important?

I believe names are extremely important. In a few short months we will be naming our first child, and we have been considering that name very seriously. Names are important in part because the spoken word is extremely important. God spoke the universe into existence. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. Christians are commanded to confess with our mouths our submission to Jesus Christ as Lord. God has endued incredible power in the spoken word. In the same way, when parents give a name to a child, that name becomes that which is most frequently spoken over that child. Consider Jacob, who did not allow his dying wife Rachel to name his last son Ben-Oni ("Son of My Misery") but rather named him Benjamin ("Son of My Strength"). It is important to me that we choose a name for our daughter that means something positive to be spoken over her life every time we call her by that name.