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27But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

The background for this scripture is that there’s a man who’s name was Jacob who was then blessed by God then given the name “Israel” (). Later Israel believes that his son Joseph is dead, but he finds out in the above passage that Joseph is still alive and living as Pharaoh’s right-hand man in Egypt. The important thing to note is the change between verses 27 and 28, it says “the spirit of their father Jacob revived. And Israel said…” As Jacob’s spirit revived he remembered his name of promise, who God had called him to be, and went back to being that person – Israel.

As we worship it is vital that we only worship the name of Jesus () as it’s only by His blood that we are saved. In addition to this I believe that the passage above shows us that we need to make sure that we are worshipping with our correct name. When we were born again we became new creations and co-heirs with Christ (, ) – we joined Jesus’s family as sons of the Father! This new name that He has given us, like Israel’s, is accompanied by God’s blessing towards us (). Our worship needs to start from this position of us knowing who we are in Christ, what He has blessed us with, and the new name that He has given us. The family name that we have inherited means that we can boldly approach the heavenly throne of grace (), and it’s at this throne that we bow in worship.

Just like Israel we need to cling on to the name of promise that He has given us and not let our spirits grow faint to the point that it needs reviving like Jacob’s did. When we come to worship we first need to stop and remind ourselves of the good news that we’re new creations that have been adopted into His family. Let’s make sure that we always remember our new name so that our spirit’s can truly worship Him at all times – His name and our names are very important!

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27 But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” (ESV)


24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. (ESV)


10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (ESV)


17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)


17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (ESV)


14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (ESV)


14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV)

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  1. jonty says:

    Great post! We are new creations with nothing holding us back. Free to enter his throne room. I love it :)

  2. Tim says:

    There’s another example of Israel’s name change in Genesis 48:2 where it says

    ‘And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed.’

    Once he saw his son Joseph and remembered the promise from God that his offspring would be numerous, he remembered that he was now Israel and not Jacob.

    We need to remember who we are the promises we have, then live as that person!

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