The name of the LORD

While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled”.

Names have a great importance in the Bible. They reveal something about a person’s character, reputation, or nature. GOD’S name is linked to His identity and essential character. God’s name is so powerful; it protects and also saves. We are invited to call on His name for help, and we will be so safe.
As l read this portion of Scripture,

l was hit with the awesomeness of God’s name and attributes in a different way than l had previously perceived it to be. Here we see Jesus disclosing the source of His protective power. He was attesting to the great preserving power and ability of God’s name. He had relied on it for His own preservation and protection while in the world, and that of His followers as well throughout the three and a half years He had spent with them.

In verse 11, Jesus now commits His followers in prayer to the Father, asking Him to protect them with that same name.

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name– the name You gave Me– so that they may be one as We are one (Jn 17:11).

The Greek word rendered “kept” in vv 11 means to “preserve”, maintain; but that of vv 12, ephulaza is to “guard”.

The Father preserved them while Jesus was present with them. At the time of leaving them physically, Jesus is asking His Father to now guard them. The distinction is very clear.

Let us bear in mind that Jesus prayed not just for the disciples who were with Him at the time, but also for those who will become His followers down to our present generation. Yes, that’s you and l!

All this preservation and guarding we’re hearing about has one source: the name of the LORD which is revealed in His attributes. We are guarded by the name of the LORD, and we take authority over all the power of the enemy through the name of Jesus! What more could we ask for? We don’t need to fear for greater is He that is in us, Who preserves and guards us than that which is in the world. We are as bold as lions trusting in that name.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the

righteous run in, and they are saved (Prov 18:10).

The LORD cautioned the Jews not to take His name in vain, but to revere it. And we are to be careful to honor it too. As we do, we are to depart from all iniquity (2Tim 2:19). Then and only then shall we experience the awesomeness of His name.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us


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