Transformation Garden - Mar. 26, 2011

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“David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went to her and lay with her; and she bore a son, and she called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved the child. He sent a message by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and Nathan called the boy’s special name Jedidiah, beloved of the Lord, because the Lord loved the child.”
II Samuel 12: 24 -25
Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION:

“A Special Name – Beloved of The Lord”as PUt Away your

“I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.”
Isaiah 49: 25
New International Version

Have I thought about the special name God has or may have for my children?

Can I trust the future of my children to their heavenly Father’s concern and care?

“One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that He would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: ‘Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.’ After laying hands on them, He left.”
Matthew 19: 13, 14
The Message Bible

INSPIRATION:

“Jesus said, ‘See that you do not despise one of these little ones for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father.’”
Matthew 18: 10
N.I.V.

I can’t begin to tell you how often, as we have been studying through the Bible, the text for a specific day is absolutely perfect because it addresses the needs that so many of God’s daughters and sons who come to the garden are struggling with in their own lives at a particular time.

Over the past few weeks, maybe it has been the complicated life of David that has illuminated the many challenges so many “garden” friends are facing right now, especially within the confines of your own family life.

Many of you have written to me conveying the grief and heartache that is running rampant in your family, whether with your children, your spouse, or other family members and close friends.

And then, as we are studying about all the pain David brought into his family with his behavior, a light shines through the darkness. This is what our text today is. For conceived, not through a lustful affair, but from a repentant, respectful relationship between a husband and wife, the baby Solomon was born. As we are told in the text today, Bathsheba  named the baby boy, Solomon. However, this child was given a special name by God, a name that meant, “Beloved of God.”

Please think for a moment how Nathan the prophet must have felt delivering this news to David and Bathsheba.

It is another one of those times when the Bible is so descriptive as it contrasts two extremely different situations. Nathan’s first call to the palace was to confront David with his vile sin and to tell him that the child conceived from his illicit affair with Bathsheba would die. But today, Nathan came back to the palace with a pronouncement of great joy. God didn’t just love the baby Solomon. He had a special name for the child. God called the boy, Jedidiah, “Beloved of the Lord” (II Samuel 12: 25). This touches me deeply. God named this little baby with a special name.

I want to explore this thought about “special” names a little more. When I was a young girl, my grandmother, whom I’ve told you was a deeply spiritual lady, read me two texts one day. Grandma was a very thoughtful person when it came to God’s Word, the Bible. When she was young and battling severe heart disease, a dear friend encouraged her to memorize the Bible, and she did. There were large portions of the Scripture she could repeat from memory. Within months of beginning to “feast” on God’s Word, her health improved to the point where she lived to be ninety-five years old with a mind as sharp as people half her age.

Well, Grandma and I got in a discussion specifically about my name, Dorothy. I told her it was an old-fashioned name. Nobody my age had this name. And then Grandma shared with me how much thought my parents had put into naming me. But she really blew my mind with this thought. She took her well-worn Bible from beside her bed and read me Isaiah 62: 2, “And the nations shall see your righteousness and vindication, your rightness and justice – not your own, but His ascribed to you, and all kings shall behold your salvation and glory: and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name.” After reading the words of Isaiah, Grandma turned over to the New Testament to Revelation 2: 17, the last book of the Bible, where the beloved disciple John writes about a great day to come and an earth made new and whole and perfect. Here’s what Grandma read to me, “He (she) who is able to hear, let him (her) listen to and heed what the Spirit says… To him (her) who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him (her) a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows except he (she) who receives it.

Then Grandma continued with this very thoughtful concept. “You know Dorothy, I think that when we are conceived, our heavenly Father gives each of us a name, because we are so very special to Him. Call it a “pet” name if you will, but I believe we all have a special name to God. This is how much He cares for us and loves us. And as His children, He even names us.”

I must say this was an idea I could understand for my dad had a “pet” name for me and I had one for him. From as long as I can remember, my dad called me, “Dorothy-girl,” and I called him “Daddy-boy.” I still have adult friends who refer to my dad as “Daddy-boy” because they picked it up from being around me. Nobody else in the world called me “Dorothy-girl,” but if I heard that name, I would recognize my “Daddy-boy’s” voice and his loving name for me.

I share this with you, especially those who are parents or trying to have a baby or grieving for a child who has passed away, to let you know the lengths our Father in heaven has gone to and will go to in order to wrap every one of His children in His arms of love. He has named us. And He has engraved our names on the palms of His hands. He knows how much or how little hair we have on our heads. And as He promises, any one, any evil force, any hurtful terror, cannot come against any of His children for God says, “I’ll contend with anyone who contends with you and your children I will save.” This to me is one of the most powerful promises in Scripture. For all those parents and families who are facing the heartache of a struggling child, the words from a Father, who has named your child echoes down through time. Never forget that the child you love, whether his name is Scott or Erik or Joe or Anne or Bethanie or Sarah, is God’s, “Beloved child.” A child who is named and called by their Father in Heaven.

AFFIRMATION:

A Prayer

“ Heavenly Father, when I have the glorious opportunity to care for children, let me love them, care for them, nurture them, reach them, and lead them to You. When I am weary, give me strength. When I am frustrated, give me patience. And, let my words and deeds always demonstrate to Your blessed children the love that I feel for them…and for You. Amen.”

Your Friend,
Dorothy Valcấrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
Dorothy@Transformationgarden.com

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