What's in a Name?

#6 To Name Every Living Thing

Posted: Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
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About What’s In A Name? Series

What's in a name? Names identify, explain, and serve to distinguish one from another. What do God's names reveal to us about Him, coming from Him?

Devotional

Adam means simply ‘man or mankind.’

What is the meaning of this assignment given to Adam, the naming of all living creatures of earth and sky? In the first brief account of creation (Genesis Chapter 1), God gave to the male and the female His blessing and His purpose:

Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule… over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
Genesis 1:28 NASB

To name ‘every living thing’ was the sign of Adam receiving the purpose, accepting the responsibility, and taking up the dominion that God had given him.

Other Devotionals in What’s In A Name? Series

Power in the Name #53 Why Can't We See Our Shocking God? #52 Commanded to Bear Fruit #51 Unending Multiplication #50 Vision of the Almighty #49 El Shaddai, God's Abundance and Might #48 The Real Taking of God Within #47 Blessings of the Deep #46 Foolish and Weak Yet Chosen #45 The Unfathomable, Mystery God #44 Childish and Untaught #43 Almighty Source of All Things #42 The Source for All Humanity #41 Seed Like Stars and Sand #40 A Staggering Multiplication #39 Abundance of the Triune God #38 God Commands and Completes #37 God of Impossibilities #36 To Live Without Needing God #35 God Almighty Needs no Help #34 God Revealed in His Names #33 Abraham's Divine Order #32 Faith is Not an Achievement #31 A Promise is His Command #30 Father of Many Nations #29 Destiny Enlarged by Faith #28 A New Name for Abram #27 The Unstoppable Effect #26 Our Blindness to God #25 Before God Almighty, Abram Fell #24 The Long List of God's 'I Will' #23 Waiting for the End of Effort #22 The Great Possibility #21 A Humanly Impossible Calling #20 Face to Face with Our God #19 Back to His Waiting Arms #18 Clearing the Path to God's Heart #17 Greater Than All We Know #16 The End of Human Effort #15 Numbers in Scripture #14 Treasure Old and New #13 Unending Fellowship with God #12 God Can Begin When We End #11 Price of Failing to Wait #10 Nature and Destiny in the Name #9 Mother of All the Living #8 Unique Identity Lost in the Fall #7 This is Now Bone of My Bones
#6 To Name Every Living Thing (Currently Viewing)
#5 The Strange Way that Adam is Named #4 Choosing a Name is a Serious Matter #3 The Naming of Creation #2 Nothing Is without a Name #1 What is the Importance of a Name?