“On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: ‘No. He is to be called John.’” Luke 1:59,60 (The Message Bible).
Naming a baby is a big deal, and parents spend hours during the pregnancy pondering the perfect name for their baby. When John the Baptist was born, family and friends gathered for the celebration of circumcision and the naming of the child. It was a custom to name the son after his father. Everyone present at the party was aghast when the baby’s father, Zachariah, said, “He is to be called John.” An angel from God had named the baby, which would have been hard for anyone to understand.
Today’s expectant parents have the option to learn “what kind of a baby” they will have, which makes naming a baby easier. They begin to call the fetus by its name, and personally, I like not having to refer to the baby as “it”.
Last summer, one of my friends told me how her expected granddaughter (from ultrasound reports) turned out to be a grandson. What a shocker! The nursery made a quick turnover from pink to blue! Perhaps deep in the baby’s subconscious, he will always have a fondness for the name he heard over and over before being born!
Dear Lord, help us hear our name when you call us to walk with you. Amen.