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The Power of Naming Exodus 33:12-23

The Power of Naming

We know God’s name — and he knows ours.


Many of us struggle with learning names, but knowing someone’s name is a key in connecting to their identity and individuality. Knowing names helps people to feel known, understood and valued. In Exodus 33, God tells Moses, “I know you by name,” and then proceeds to tell Moses God’s own name, “the Lord.” This mutual naming allows intimacy between God and Moses, leading to Moses seeing God’s glory. There’s power and intimacy in knowing God’s name and knowing that he knows our names, too.



For material based on today’s epistle text, see “Two Little Words,” October 16, 2011.


“A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest sound in any language,” said Dale Carnegie. However, many people struggle to remember a person’s name.

That’s especially true when there is a power imbalance in a relationship. Think of a professor with a large...

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