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Names Matter

Anchor Devotional - 03.21.13


"...at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth..."

(PHILIPPIANS 2:10)

Mark 5:1-18

Driving on the east side of the Galilee in what was the country of the Gaderenes, we find the one outcrop where pigs could have run over the cliff and fallen into the lake. This is the historical site for the miracle.


“What is your name?” Jesus asks the man in Mark 5:9. The demons are forced to answer, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” Names have significance in Scripture. The angel Gabriel told Joseph to call Him Jesus (Yeshua), because “he will save his people from their sins.” This name above all names is the one the demons fear, the name that drives them into the pigs. As Isaiah predicted and Matthew 12 confirmed, it is the name in whom “the nations will put their hope.”


The great “I am who I am” who appeared in a burning bush to Moses has been made flesh and revealed to all humanity so that those who call on His name are saved. In the end, every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow. For believers, it is the name that brings both our salvation and our greatest joy: Jesus.

Scripture Focus

Mark 5:1-18

Insight

LORD, MAY BOTH THE GLORY AND THE SWEETNESS OF YOUR NAME FILL MY
HEART TODAY.

Read the Bible

  • Deuteronomy 1-2
  • Psalm 80
  • Acts 1