The Importance of Names

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I realize this sounds absurd,
But a beaver thought he was a bird!
It bothered him he couldn't fly,
In anguish he would wonder why,
He simply knew that's how he felt
Deep beneath his furry pelt.
I don't know how it came to be,
This tragic mis-identity.
Perhaps because when he was small,
While swimming with the ducks one fall,
They flattered him and told him lies
That he belonged up in the skies.
He thought, alas, he needed wings,
Not yet having grown such things,
So climbed atop a rocky hill,
To pray that he might grow them still,
And as he bent his knee to pray,
An eagle carried him away.


I'm unsure what became of him,
For he was never seen again.
I like to think he's doing well,
And living in some lofty dell,
Borne up high in aerie skies,
Where no one tells him any lies,
And ev'ry beaver swims
          and flies.

It matters greatly what names and labels we apply to things, most especially those that we apply (or accept) for ourselves and those that we apply to God. To the extent that they convey truth, they can be valuable and helpful. To the extent that they convey falsehoods, they can be harmful, or even fatal.

We can do no better than to heed the truths of Christian scripture regarding the nature of God, the names and descriptions He has chosen in order to reveal truth about Himself, as well as those truths revealed about our nature in relation to Him – first, as they apply to us when we were/are alienated from Him by our sin and living in rebellion against Him, and second, once we have received Christ and have been spiritually made into new creatures with a new nature and our sin has been washed away by His most precious blood.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”

Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 5, verses 6 to 9

© Craig Sabin 2020 All rights reserved

8 thoughts on “The Importance of Names

  1. The Truth really matters doesn’t it. Yet we live in a culture where the absurd is given handicap status.
    I once had a monster beaver stalk me while fishing by moonlight in a canoe. Glad he couldn’t fly. he could only sneak up from the depths, surface and slap his big tail on the water in the dark to scare me…He had anger issues or something.

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    1. Yes, and the more the truth is suppressed in unrighteousness, the worse our culture and society will fare, I’m afraid. That’s a great beaver story, LOL! You should consider doing a blog post about it! God bless!

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