King David had sinned. He sent one of soldiers, Uriah to battle and has him placed in a very dangerous part of the battle so that he would be killed and then enabling David to marry Bathsheba, this mans wife.
Bathsheba gave birth to a child, but this child soon died due to an illness that had stricken the child. Then we read:
2 Sam. 12:24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child 25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded.
The Lord God instructed Nathan that this Child was to be called, Jedidiah, meaning “Loved by God”. God wanted David and Bathsheba know that no matter what sin was committed, God forgives. God wanted them to know every single day when they looked upon this child, that God loved this child and this Child was to a testimony to everyone that God forgives sin.
God wants you and I to know that God Loves us and that God forgives our sin, forgives those horrible things we have done, only because of His grace. God has a future and hope for us. Paul talks about this in his letter to the Ephesians.
Eph. 3:17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Solomon means “Peace” & God changed Solomon’s name to Jedidiah “Loved by God”
The name Jacob means cheater, one who tries to cheat someone else out of what is rightly theirs. We see this throughout Jacobs life. When Jacobs father was preparing for his death and was going to pass along the rights to the 1st born child, Jacob and his mother conspired to deceive his father so he could receive the blessing of the birthright and thus receive:
1) the title of being 1st in the family,
2) a double portion of the inheritance,
3) the priestly office in the family, and
4) the promise from which all the nations would be blessed through him.
Jacob became conscious of his guilt and became afraid of the anger of his brother Esau. At the suggestion of his mother Rebekah trying to protect Jacob, asked Isaac to send him away to Haran, 400 miles or more, to find a wife. After 14 years Jacobs returns to the promised land. In his return he is fearful that his brother Esau will still hold a grudge against him, but Jacob has changed, He feels that he must now depend only on God. Jacob sent his family on ahead while he remained behind to spend time with God alone. An Angel came and wrestled, fought with Him. As morning was about to break, the Angel sought to leave but Jacob would not allow him to leave until the Angel blessed him. So we read
Gen. 32:27 “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” 28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won”. So now Jacob will be known as Israel, God-Wrestler, a man who wrestled with God and you lived.
A name tells a story about who a person is, his character.
God changed Jacob ( Cheater) to Israel ( God-Wrestler).
From a man who sought to cheat others to get his own way to a man who was worthy to fight for the Blessing of God.
God had changed Abram name because of what He, God was going to do in and thru Abraham. God was doing a new thing. God also changed his wife’s name from Sarai to Sarah:
Gen. 17:15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
The name Sarai no longer fit. God you shall call her for I will bless her and I will give you Abraham a son by her. She, Sarah not Sarai but Sarah will be the mother of nations, and kings, rulers of counties will come into being through her.
The meaning of the names:
What's in a Name - Part 1
A name identifies a lot about a person is or what a person will become.
Let's look at Abram who God changed his name to Abraham.
Gen. 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
God came to Abram and called Abram to be a man of Godly. That is God choose Abram to walk before him in a way that honors God with his life, in everything he would do from this time forward . Abram had a choice, he could continue with is life or deny himself and follow God, follow God's wishes. It was a choice and Abram choose to follow God, to honor God with His life. Abram entered into a covenant with God, he gave a promise to God that he would be a man of God, he would live his life seeking to honor God with his life.
Because of this commitment, this promise, God then tells Abram that he is changing his name from Abram to Abram. He was no longer be to known as "high father" but he was now to be known as "father of a multitude” for God was going to great and mighty things in and thru him.
Abram was given a new identity. An Identity as to what God was doing in and thru him.