God-given Names

Written by David Ben-Ariel

I was born David A. Hoover on January 10, 1960 in Bowling Green, Ohio. However, I legally changed my name to David Ben-Ariel (withrepparttar help of my Jewish lawyer) duringrepparttar 149455 Spring of 1989. It cost me $300.00.

It also required that I take out a small ad in a newspaper announcing my intentions 30 days beforehand. I placed my ad inrepparttar 149456 Bowling Green Sentinel.

I also had to appear before a judge (it depends on what county you were born) for him to privately question my motivations. He was assured by my lawyer that I wasn't running fromrepparttar 149457 law or trying to escape some outstanding debt, but that my reasons were religious in nature. The judge accepted that but wanted to impress upon me that I could have "trouble" with that name in America, without elaborating. I felt he meant because it was Jewish and/or could be difficult for some to know how to pronounce. I told him I wasn't concerned about it since I planned on moving to Israel anyway.

My reasons for changing my name were religious in nature. Why? Because I honestly feel that Ben-Ariel is a God-given name. And why would I feel that way? Because after a Hebrew class where my teacher mentioned how many people change their names when they move to Israel, I went home wondering what surname I would have in Israel, knowing my first name is already Hebrew.

I had always likedrepparttar 149458 Hebrew last name of Ben-Ammi, after reading it in Leon Uris' book Exodus, since it means "son of my people," but while thinking about it and wondering what name my father would've given me, if he would've given me a Hebrew name, I didn't know. I then knelt down in prayer and asked God what name, IF ANY, would He give me since He's my Heavenly Father, and I couldn't ask my dad because he died when I was twelve.

I expected God to perhaps lead or guide or influence me to like a particular name, but immediately ARIEL flashed into my mind and immediately I rejected it. Why? Because it means "the Lion of God" and I felt such a name only belongs to Jesus Christ,repparttar 149459 Lion ofrepparttar 149460 Tribe of Judah. While wondering aboutrepparttar 149461 name of Ariel, I remembered that Israel's defense minister was Ariel Sharon (whom I've since met in Jerusalem and Hebron). I reluctantly decided to keeprepparttar 149462 name in reserve (since it was really impressed upon me!) until God or circumstances might lead me to accept another, and went to bed.

The Bible mentions MANY INCIDENTS where God chose to change someone's name or to name them before their birth. It is unusual but it's not unscriptural. There was Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac (Gen. 17:5, 15, 19); Ishmael (Gen. 16:11); Solomon (I Chron. 22:9) and Solomon's nickname Jedidiah (2 Sam. 12:25); Cyrus (Isa. 44:28; 45:4); Johnrepparttar 149463 Baptist (Lk. 1:13); Jesus (Matt. 1:21); Peter andrepparttar 149464 two brothers James and John whom Jesus nicknamed "sons of thunder" (Mk. 3:16-17); just to name a few.

God promises to give us each a new and unique name inrepparttar 149465 Kingdom, either in place of or in addition to our current one (Rev. 2:17), as well as sharing Jesus' new name and bearingrepparttar 149466 Father's name as Priest-Kings (Rev. 3:12, 14; Ex. 28:36; Lev. 8:9). God has many name or titles, descriptive of His wonderful qualities and characteristics (Isa. 9:6). The Jews even teach that God's Hebrew name Elohim (literally Gods) is plural due torepparttar 149467 fact that God is too great to be constrained to one name, and is used inrepparttar 149468 sense ofrepparttar 149469 royal "We." That's why Elohim said "let us...." We understand that it's also because there's presently two God-Beings inrepparttar 149470 one Kingdom of God, like Adam and Eve were two separate people who both sharedrepparttar 149471 surname Adam as one family unit (Gen. 2:24; 5:2; Jn. 10:30).

Preparations for Jerusalem Temple!

Written by David Ben-Ariel

"And let them make me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them" (Ex. 25:8).

This holy command inrepparttar Scriptures seems clear enough, so what'srepparttar 149400 problem? Why has Israel tolerated Jerusalem's "abomination of desolation" — a Temple Mount without a Temple? Why haven'trepparttar 149401 religious leaders encouragedrepparttar 149402 people to do what they can in fulfilling this mitzva?

Why arerepparttar 149403 political leaders afraid of such thoughts and shamefully bar my entry to Israel? Could such talk lead to war? Isrepparttar 149404 Arab moon god greater thanrepparttar 149405 God of Israel? Haverepparttar 149406 Muslim hordes yet defeatedrepparttar 149407 Lion of Judah? Isn't Jerusalem Israel's eternal capital?

Must we wait until we're perfect before we can buildrepparttar 149408 Third Temple? Are we less worthy than our forefathers who provoked God ten times inrepparttar 149409 Wilderness, yet were instructed to buildrepparttar 149410 Tabernacle?

Doesn't God work through very human instruments? How many times does God have to emphasize inrepparttar 149411 Torah that He's chosen us because of His Great Purpose and love of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Our role in God's Plan is because of His goodness and mercy, not our greatness!

Where arerepparttar 149412 true leaders like Moses and David who made public appeals to prepare a Sanctuary for our God? (Ex. 35:4-5). Everyone, men and women, were encouraged to give of themselves in whatever way possible: skills and talents, time and materials. There was such an overwhelming response to Moses' request that he had to ask for restraint! (Ex. 36:6-7).

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