This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God. There may be more than one name for some of the letters. There may be others I have omitted. I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
If the letter Q had a shortage of names, R more than compensates!
Redeemer is a name of God. The prophet Isaiah wrote the lovely words, “I know that my redeemer lives”. A redeemer is someone who buys someone or something back. In the Old Testament there were rules about who could redeem a piece of land. The book of Ruth has only four chapters and tells a wonderful story of loss followed by redemption. Have a look at it yourself – you won’t be disappointed if you do, but I will if you don’t!
Rabbi is a word for teacher. People addressed Jesus as Rabbi as a mark of respect.
Resurrection is something Jesus claimed to be. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25. This is often used at the beginning of a funeral service. Before his own resurrection from the dead, Jesus’ raising of three other people is reported in the gospels. One was Jairus’ daughter Luke 8:40-56. There was the widow’s son Luke 7:11-17. Lazarus had been dead for four days. John 11:38-44
Refuge is a word, which appears many times in the Old Testament. Often it is in a statement of faith: The Lord is my refuge. A refuge is a safe place to retreat to.
Rock is another word associated with God – something to build a safe place on, perhaps. Psalm 94:22 includes both Refuge and Rock.
Righteous God is used more than once in the Bible. Isaiah 45:21 is an example.
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