What’s In A Name?

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Zerubbabel is a very unique person in the Bible. He was the appointed ruler of Judah under Cyrus during Israel’s return from Babylon. And that may be nice on the surface, the full story is awesome!

Shealtiel was the last monarch in the Messianic line of succession and there is no record that he ever fathered a son. And if he died without a son, the prophecy of Jesus’ bloodline would fail.


This is where the story gets interesting. In 1 Chronicles 3:17-19, Zerubbabel is the son of Pediah and a nephew of Shealtiel. The Bible doesn’t say how it happened, but the Law requires a man to care for his brother’s family in the event his brother dies. So it appears at some point that Zerubbabel became son of Shealtiel and the Messianic bloodline is preserved.


“I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,” says the LORD, “and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,” says the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:23


Not only did Zerubbabel get God’s seal of approval but he paints a beautiful prophetic picture of the future.


It is interesting to look at the meanings of the names involved here. Shealtiel means “I have asked of God”. Pediaiah means “Yahweh has ransomed”. And Zerubbabel means “sown in Babylon”.


Yahweh has indeed ransomed those of us who were sown in Babylon and because the King asked of God (Psalm 2:6-8), He adopted us into the Kings family. So if you’re like me, an adopted son of the living God, couldn’t we insert our names here?


“This is the word of the LORD to –( my name here)–: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” Says the LORD of hosts.”Who are you, O great mountain? Before –(my name here)– you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the Capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”” Zechariah 4:6-7




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