What Names Mean

Jacob and Rachel (painting circa 1520–1525 by Palma il Vecchio

22 Then God remembered Rachel, responded to her, and let her conceive. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my shame.” 24 She named him Joseph,[e] saying to herself,
May the Lord give me another son.
Genesis 30:22-24

When I was a young boy, the pastor at our church came into our class one day and told us what each of our names meant.  He was so smart!  I’m named after my Mom’s father, Nicholas, meaning “Victorious People.”  St. Nicholas repeated over and over, comes out: “Santa Claus!”  

The meaning of my middle name, Joseph, is mentioned in today’s reading.  It was another son born to Jacob and Rachel.  Rachel was so grateful for another child, that she named him, “God gave me another one!”  Hebrew children were named by some circumstance that took place around their births. 

Here’s a website for you to visit that tells the meaning of first names. http://behindthename.com  Ask you parents how you came to have your name.  One more thing.  Often use the name of the person you are talking with;  It’s the word they most want to hear!

 Genesis 30:14—31:16

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Zebulun: “Wonderful gift” 30:20
Joseph: “God adds another son.” 30:24
You with me, no matter what 31:42
You camp with me on my way. 32:1

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

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 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.

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