By and large, I don’t think people like anonymity. I get that not everyone is a socialite or schmoozer . . . but I do think that everyone wants to be noticed by someone. That they didn’t feel anonymous has been repeatedly cited as a reason for those who have visited our fellowship deciding to hang out and become part of our fellowship. We have a number of warm-hearted saints who are very intentional about seeking out the “stranger” . . . who take it as a personal challenge to find out their name, and then, to remember their name next week. Yeah, there’s something about someone knowing your name that connects you.
The LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel . . . And there shall be with you a man from each tribe . . . . And these are the names of the men who shall assist you . . . ” Moses and Aaron took these men who had been named . . . (Numbers 1:1-17 ESV)
You read ahead a bit and you know that there are over 600,000 men over the age of 20 in Israel. Take whatever multiplication factor you like, to account for women and children, and it’s pretty easy to get to 2.5 to 3.5 million souls camped around the tent of meeting, the tabernacle, the visible representation of God in their midst.
And almost matter-of-fact-ly, Moses records that the LORD spoke to him and said . . . Count the people. Take one man, the head of each tribe to help you. Here are their names. Take “My God is Rock” and “Friend of God” along with “Enchanter.” Go get “Given of God” and “God is father” to help you. Give a call to “My God has Heard” and to “Reward of God.” I also want “My Father is Judge”, “My Brother is Help”, and “Event of God” to be involved. And don’t forget “God has Added” and “My Brother is Evil.”
And Moses and Aaron took these men who had been named.
Men who had been named by God! Men known by God. Men who were not anonymous.
The Holy One of Heaven . . . He who sits enthroned above the galaxies . . . He knew these guys’ names . . . and He called them by name.
God knew the names of the 2.5 to 3.5 million . . . and He named the names of 12 individuals.
And I’m sitting here this morning in wonder at the thought of being named . . . of being called out . . . by the God of Creation. He knows my name. He knows all that’s behind my name. And in His love, and because of His abounding grace, He calls me by name.
And it’s not just my name He knows . . . not just my name He calls. But my God knows all names . . . and desires that all names would know His Name. And His call is to all who have ears to hear. And for those who hear Him call their name . . . and respond in faith to the Caller-of-Names . . . anonymity disappears . . . purposelessness vanishes . . . living in the shadow gives way to living in the light.
How great is our God? Pretty!!!
O’ to be named!
By His grace . . . For His glory . . .