It used to be the custom for God’s people to name their children after a blessing that God had given the parents. Joseph did this for his two children, Ephraim, meaning “fruitful” and Manasseh. Meaning, “One who causes forgetfulness,” for the birth of this son made Joseph forget all the pain of his past.
Again the two Josephs are brought to our attention: the great patriarch and the foster father of Jesus. Jesus means, “God saves.” I think also of the two sons of the first Joseph and apply their meanings to Jesus—the fruit of Mary’s womb and the one who helps us forget all our pain when we think of our lives with God.
Does you name have a special meaning? Here’s a website: behindthename.com…check it out!
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.