By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei
Theme: Define it
Text: 1 Samuel 25:25
Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent.
The name given to anything defines its state and its identity. Moreover, the name emphasises the owner of that thing.
In our contemporary world, the name chosen for our babies cannot be underemphasized. With a wide variety of options, fathers (although some mothers) have the headaches of choosing a befitting name for the children. Implicit in the names given, prophetically connotes what the child will be (1 Samuel 25:25). I remember asking my grandma why Akans sometimes give a different “kradin” other than the one that goes by the day you were born. She revealed as she had learnt from ancestry that it becomes difficult for any evil person to call forth your soul when he/she visits the shrine.
According to Jewish Rabbi Benjamin Blech in his article: Judaism and the power of names, wrote this and I quote: “Names are books. They tell a story…They are the keys to your soul”. Names represent our identity not because it serves as a convenient way to distinguish us from others, but because it defines us.
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