I believe in every culture, naming a child is a very detailed and significant social convention. For years I have been asked what my name meant but it has always been a humorous response because I do not know what it means. My parents as well have not been on the know about what myname means so it has always been about a juvenile response when it comes to actually interpreting what my name really means.
Institute for Propaganda Analysis (1938), says that bad names have played a tremendously powerful role in the history of the world and our own individual development. They have ruined reputations, stirred men and women to outstanding accomplishments, sent others to prison cells, and made men mad enough to enter battle and slaughter their fellowmen. It continues to say that they have been and are applied to other people, groups, gangs, tribes, colleges, political parties, neighborhoods, states, sections of the country, nations and races. This just goes to establishing how valued name calling is highly exalted and is something that provokes parents to be extremely cautious when deciding to name their baby.
On a slightly more or less subject related to this, Matthew 17:1, “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart…” this was an occasion where Jesus was about to be transfigured. He had taken Peter, James and John. This was a quarter of the 12 disciples Jesus had recruited for His ministry. But in this particular incident, Jesus particularly chose these 3. I am pretty sure that Jesus was intrinsically cherry-picking these 3 to portray a really interesting point because there is nothing that Jesus would do for no apparent motivation at all. In the manner in which I commenced, i would like to imprint the matter even more.
Peter is derived via Latin, “petra”, from the Greek word (petros) meaning “stone” or “rock”. Stone is usually referred to as the law. The 10 commandments were inscripted on stones. So the first name in the story of the Jesus heading up to the mountain to pray is Peter. The second is James. James is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob. It means “supplanter”, one who follows. Supplanter means to take place of another. To replace in other words. The last person that Jesus had taken with Him was John. John is a Hebrew name. The name means Jehovah has been gracious; has shown favor. So what was Jesus’s objective in taking these 3 disciples? Having explained the meanings of the 3 men, just put chronologically, it would go like this, “Ministry of the stone/law is replaced by Grace,” hence the names Peter, James and John. This is to deeply intensify the level at which Grace is now the emphasis of Jesus unto us.
From many other interpretations of names showing a significant meaning is in the book of John, after the burial of Jesus, 19:38-42, Joseph being a disciple of Jesus, he besought Pilate that he might take the body of Jesus away. In that moment, Nicodemus came in with ointments for the body of Jesus. Jesus in the grave, he was visited by these two men. What is your point on this? One might ask. Joseph is a Hebrew name, it means Jehovah add/give increase. In addition to this subject of names, Nicodemus is a Greek name, is interpreted as “People’s victory.” So here is my point ladies and gentlemen, because of Jesus’s death “VICTORY HAS BEEN ADDED” unto us. So there is no insignificant detail in the Bible.
So all in all, names pose a very significant interpretation even in this present day. But my point in all this is just to show how Jesus is for blessing us and giving us victory in this present day. Indeed the law has been replaced by Grace. Romans 3:20 , “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”That is why Jesus supplanted the law with Grace, because He saw that the law in no way could justify us. Moreover, through the death of Jesus is victory added unto us. 1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”