Daniel 1:6-7 “Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.”

Daniel’s Hebrew name meant – God is judge, while Hananiah’s meant – the Lord is gracious.  For Azariah his name meant – the Lord is my help, and Mishael’s was – who is like God?  Their new names  incorporated Babylonian foreign gods and thus contradicted and maligned who they really were.  We all get labeled by the world…we’re fat, or old, ugly, or dumb.   But that’s not who we are inside, and any negative label doesn’t have to define us. For the Lord has given you a special name…precious child of God.  So anytime the world hits you with a cruel label…remember your name.

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