What’s in a name?

Firstly, apologies for the lack of a blog post yesterday! I was very busy… getting confirmed! I had a great day and I will tell you more about it in another blog post, once I have some pictures!

But my blog post today is about part of my confirmation. Because I don’t have a middle name, I decided to take one up to mark my confirmation, and the name I chose was Aaron. Not “Arron”, but “Er-on”. And I chose Aaron for various reasons.

  1. I asked friends and family to vote in a poll and Aaron was the top one (and to be honest, it was my preferred choice!)
  2. It’s Biblical
  3. Aaron means “Teacher/Speaker/Enlightener”, which is a good meaning to have because I know that my vocation is to be a Vicar, and a big part of that is teaching and speaking!
  4. Aaron was the first High Priest for the Israelites. I will be the first Vicar in my family (tenuous link, I know, but it means something to me!)
  5. Aaron fell short of God’s standards. I understand that you may be scratching your head at this point, but let me explain. Every single Biblical Character (apart from Christ) had a fault. And that is a big thing to understand. And it’s important for me to understand for myself. Even though I’m going to be a vicar, I’m not perfect, and I should never trick myself into thinking I am. Aaron forgot about the God he loved and told the Israelites to worship another god, effectively. And whilst I’m not going to tell my congregations to worship another god, following in Aaron’s footsteps, I want my middle name to remind me how easy it is to fall. I want my middle name to remind me of the sheer responsibility it is that God will place into my hands to be a vicar.
And so, this is where I end my short blog post for today. There’s lots in a name. And Aaron is my confirmation name, which is going to remind me of some of the characteristics that I should have in order to be a vicar, but also it will remind me of some traits that I shouldn’t have, and decisions that I shouldn’t mess up on.
If you had to have a biblical name, what would you choose, and why?!

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Stevie Mitchell

    That’s exactly why I voted for Aaron as well!  🙂 my first name (Stevie) means ‘crown’, and my middle name (Alice) means ‘noble’… Good eh? x

    • That’s really cool Stevie! 😀 I like those meanings! 🙂

  • According to The Scriptures, A Person’s Name is a highly-important indicator of their: Overall Purpose, Spiritual Relationship, and Individual Character. Thus, ” A Good Name is rather to be chosen than either: Silver or Gold! ”

    Personally, I have given my own name ‘ Francis [  The Freeman, or Unrestrained One ] Barbour [ Educated Man, or One Of Noble Character ] ‘ some serious and thoughtful consideration throughout much of my own life. I considered: ” Isai – Yah [ Blessed Of Yahweh ] “, ” Eli – Yah [ Messenger Of Yahweh ] “, and several others…. However, I finally settled upon: ” Jeshurun ” – for certain scriptural reasons.

    Since you have chosen to go into ‘ The Clergy ‘, Aaron shall probably be quite appropriate for you. Hopefully, you know what you are doing… and you shall serve Yahweh faithfully, in such a position. After all, ” The Judgment shall begin first within The House Of Yahweh! ”

    Ahava and Shalom.

  • Anna

    My name (Anna) means ‘God has favoured me’ and when I think about all the blessings in my life it has turned out to be quite appropriate. I also like that I share the name of God’s Granny =D (Jesus’ Grandma was called Anna too) – though I doubt this will ever become applicable to me lol!