The name James means “a supplanter”. To supplant means to take one thing and replace it with another. According to Jer. 9:4 a supplanter is one who takes by the heel and trips up, a deceiver, (a Jacob), The first time this name James was used is Gen. 25:26 only the name was Jacob, which is where the name James originates. How did Jacob earn this definition of his name? It happened when he and his brother were born.
Gen. 25:24 When her (Rebekah, their mother) days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25. The first came out red all over like a hairy garment, and they named him Esau [hairy]. 26. Afterward his brother came forth, and his hand grasped Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob [supplanter]. He took Esau’s place and took it and as his own.
So, James, a supplanter, can choose to follow his ancestors lead and be a contender for God and for good. Or, he can simply do nothing, waiting for a better time maybe. Or, he can just decide to be God’s man and fight the good fight, studying God’s Word and learning how to wage war against the enemy.
A contender is one who fights, competes, struggles. Because of this meaning whether James follows God or not he will always be fighting some kind of battle. This does not mean that he will be that kind of man with a chip on his shouder looking for a fight. Nor does it mean that all his battles are internal. Whether he is following God or not he will always be struggling with the contender for our souls. And like the rest of us he will occasionally, if not often, fail.
However, as with Jacob, God will give him the wisdom as to which battles to fight and then the strength to not only fight but to be victorious. He will be able to cause others to join the battles with him. All armies need good strong leaders. James is that kind of man.
1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
The Biblical meaning of the name Roman is “strong and powerful”.
There are many types and ways of being strong and/or powerful. So
Roman may be a big muscled up hunk of a man, a very powerful
and influential business man and he could still be a boy wondering
and struggling with becoming a man of any kind. But here we will
deal with the Spiritual aspects of power, strength and might.
In the Bible there is a power spoken of that we don’t usually use in
our average day to day lives. This is the power we receive when we
are saved and also when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. The
Greek word used here in the bible is from which this power is derived
is Dunamis and it is not just any power; the word often refers to
miraculous power or works. It is also the word from which the words
dynamic and dynamite come.
All this to say that Roman is here to be a really strong person, to
perform some powerful thing or and maybe fulfill some miraculous
function. Roman may live a somewhat boring humdrum life, no
different than most of the men you meet. But that would be like
judging a book solely on the book’s cover if what you see on the out-
side is the only indication of what is on the inside.
Maybe the greatest thing Roman will ever do is lead someone to the Lord
after the Lord has set up the time, place and opportunity for him to
do so. Call that chance if you like but when you find that this sort of
thing happens in Roman’s life a lot you might think differently.
Sometimes Roman will slip a few dollars to someone who desperately
needs a hand up at that particular time. Maybe Roman works at a
soup kitchen making sure he looks at the people in the eye as he
ministers to them so that they know that he regards them simply as
himself in another pair of shoes at a hard time.
And then Roman could be that influential business man, muscled up
hunk of a man or simply the boy searching his way in this life. But it
is certain that when he looks to the Source of All Power, Jesus Christ,
and receives that Power to do His Will he will indeed in God’s eyes be a
most powerful man.
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
The name Becky is a derivative of the name Rebekah whichmeans “captivating”. According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, her name is usually explained from the Arabic, rabqat, “a tie-rope for animals,” or, rather, “a noose” … which is such a rope; its application would then by figure suggest the beauty of her that bears it, by means of which men are snared or bound.
As the meaning of all names have some characteristic of God we already know that God’s love is captivating. We all, once we have
experienced being in His Presence, are captivated and gladly so.
This is God’s plan for Becky, to be so captivating that, like Jesus, she will draw people to her. Once she has done so she then can present God’s Love to them in such a way that He is irresistible. In what way is Becky to be so captivating and irresistible? It could be her physical beauty, or her manner of speaking or just the glow she has about herself which comes from being loved by God. Remember from the Scriptures it talks about how Jesus simply spoke to the disciples and they dropped what they were doing to follow Him? Well, Becky can have that effect on people, of course not to the extent that Jesus did.
Becky may be beautiful, and she may have the gift of gab and be one who never meets a stranger. She also may be plain of face with a withdrawn disposition. She can be one who, once you do get to know her you find that she really does have just that kind of personality that draws you in, which causes one to hang onto every word she speaks
In some way or the other, this is Becky’s God given calling, drawing people to herself, even if it is that ONE and only one , God means for her to reach, in order for her to present to them the Gospel. This is to be done in such a way that they are caught in the “noose” of God’s love.
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
The name Maurice means ‘swarthy’ which means dark skinned. How does one become dark skinned? Either he is born that way or he spends a lot of time in the light. By the very nature of his name I’d say Maurice was born this way. Way before the foundation of the world when God wrote his name in the Lambs’ Book of Names Maurice was being bathed in That Light that caused him to become dark skinned. There was a calling on his life, like the rest of us, for which the Lord was preparing him even before he was born.
So why the need of dark skin? As in the natural, when one is exposed to the light after a certain length of time ones skin will just naturally turn darker. Unless you are of that crowd who doesn’t and has need of sun block. But we are not discussing that crowd here, we are considering why Maurice was born this way. I believe God was preparing him for the tough times and the battles ahead. Those who can’t stand to be out in the heat of the Light for extended periods will get too hot or burnt and will have to leave the battle field. There is no shame in this. These people simply have a different task to fulfill.
Maurice however has his work cut out for him. From birth nearly he has felt the heat of being different, not the norm. He in turn felt he could see and understand the hurts and even sufferings of others in the same predicament. But more is required of him than to feel compassion. He has to get out in the field of being confrontational at the expense of riticule, derision and contempt for his beliefs and stand. And the sad fact is that there are few who believe or understand him much less stand shoulder to shoulder with him in the battle of public opinion. His Biblical beliefs are just too radical.
But that is why Maurice was born dark skinned in the first place, to be able to stand in the heat of the battle. Our Savior faced the exact same battle however He not only fought this same battle He gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, not just the rejection and scorn of His fellowman. So, Maurice does have a tough time ahead without much hope of any let up. He has been prepared for this battle, he is ready and able calling all comrades who dare to be different and stand up against the so called Scriptural ‘norm’ to come out with him in the Light and the heat. The battle is swift and sure and Great are the Rewards.
Deu. 20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach
this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fearnot, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them.
The name Alice means “of noble birth”. Of a truth, once we have all been born again we are all of a noble birth because we all are born into the Royal Family of God. But Alice has a better claim than the rest of us simply because of the meaning of name. ALL names have an attribute of God’s character, so which attribute of God’s character is Alice is supposed to exhibit in her life?
This can be complicated. All lives are different, shaped by different times, people, geography, etc. Since I live in America I will go with what I know. Even at that there are still a lot of variables. But the Alice I know is one who doesn’t even know she is of the nobility. Maybe it was because of how she was raised. Here in America most of us have to work for a living. Alice may not have a nine to five job making a paycheck but nevertheless Alice earns whatever comes her way just like the rest of us. Nothing is handed to her as though she really were of the nobility.
However she exhibits it in her day to day life without even knowing it. She does this by treating each person she meets and knows on a daily basis as an equal. She doesn’t seem to think she knows more or could do better than others although she probably could and with ease. Alice tends to have a knack, a flair even to make the simplistic task seem not only easy to do but make it
look even elegant at times. And while she is at it, she has the ability to set others at ease, making them feel comfortable and welcome. This stems from her relationship with God. His grace gives her this ability.
None of us fulfill all the qualities of the name by which we are called. Alice is no exception, so she is no Saint who can do no wrong. However when God looks at her He does see her as fulfilling ever last iota of the meaning of her name. Every time she slips ups and fails to follow through with what she hoped and meant to do to give God glory through her life He sees, knows and understands. Just because He didn’t fail to live up to His names’ calling doesn’t stop Him from finding fault with her when she has trouble doing the same.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.