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

The meaning of the Hebrew names for these four men all affirmed God’s sovereignty, mercy, and grace for His people.  But the new names they were given by the Babylonian chief official sought to undermine and degrade this.  For their new names were deliberately drawn from the Babylonian false religions, gods and idols, and erased any trace of God from them.  Even today we have the challenge of believing what God calls us vs what the world calls us.  The world will call us fat, dumb, ugly, stupid and old….while the Lord will call us loved, free, healed, whole, and His.  The world is all about demeaning and humiliating…while God is all about lifting us up.  So just remember this…no matter what the world calls you…the Lord named you first, and that name is all that matters.

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