Many a Christian makes use of these names without considering the origin of the names. These names were given to the three Hebrew boys in the land of Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar besieged their land, Judah.
The wicked king didn’t want anything related to Jehovah to exist. So, he glorified his own gods who were the custodian of the land of Babylon.
Even the vessels of the house of God he carted away from Judah, he dedicated them to his god according to Daniel 1:2.
Consequently, he changed the names of these three noble boys because their names were related to Jehovah. Before
he changed their names, the first boy bore Hananiah, which means ‘gift of Jehovah.’The second boy bore Mishael, which means ‘who is like Jehovah?’ While the third boy bore Azariah, which means ‘help by Jehovah.’
Calling and hearing these names annoyed Nebuchadnezzar. That was why he changed the names to the ones related to the gods of his own land.
In details, he changed Hananiah to Shadrach, Mishael to Meshach and Azariah to Abednego. The first two names were related to 'Aku' — a Babylonian god; the third name was related to 'Nebo' who was another popular deity in the land of Shinar.
Knowing the origin of these names, any born-again Christian will totally reject the use of these names.
However, it seems the names related to idol sound
better and more popular. In fact, some religious leaders and pastors prefer Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego because people can easily relate to the names. That, indeed, sounds outrageous.
Some Christian parents have no issue naming their children these idol related names. They’ve forgotten how jealous God is. He can’t be leveled up with any god. Do we need to remind anybody that he is the God of gods?
Out of those Hebrew boys, Daniel seems to be lucky. In the sense that he was the only whose Babylonian name was not on popular use. The name was Belteshazzar based on what’s written in Daniel 1:7.
As Christian, let’s desist from using the name related to idol. In fact, let’s stop popularizing them and, instead, promote the names related to our God.
Rather than use Shadrach, let’s use Hananiah. More so, instead of Meshach, use Mishael. Lastly, Abednego should be completely replaced with Azariah.
God bless us as we promote our God.
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