Monday, May 21

a husband guest post: our son's name

Micah James Faulk.

Let me tell you why we named him Micah.

Since Megan and I married, I always wanted to name our boy an Old Testament prophet, particularly because prophets spoke the truth to God's people, and they were just hard-core about God, which I think is pretty awesome. But particularly, I think that Micah was a great prophet. One of my professors calls Micah the "miniature Isaiah" because he speaks so clearly of Christ and the gospel, and since Isiah 53 is the verse the convinced me to see Jesus for who He truly is, I tend to love the book of Isaiah. But, Micah is also very special to me. One thing I love about the book is that it gives us a simple command. In the world, and in Christianity, there tends to be so many rules, but Micah tells us clearly the only thing God requires:

"What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

What a liberating command! All God requires of us is to love others, and walk humbly with Him! He calls us to "love God and love people", but sadly we know that no one lives up to this command, but the prophet does not leave us there!

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity, and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot.You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old. (Micah 7:18-20 ESV)

This is gospel! we know our son will not live up to the requirement to always do justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with God, but this book gives us hope that in Christ God has "cast all our sins into the depths of the sea", "tread our iniquities underfoot" and he will "show faithfulness" to His people forever by his grace alone. We pray that we will love him that way, and we will parent him and show him the love that God, in Christ, has for him!

More than this, Micah's middle name will be James. James is a family name, but I also love the book of James. James also tells us of the "law of liberty", which is the command to love God and love people, but we do it out of liberty because of the gospel! What a great message, and a message we pray for our son.

As the prophet says, before he gives the liberating message, "who is like God?" to always forgive us in Christ and be faithful to us, a sinful people, who are only called to love him and others but fail so often! "Who is like God?" is what Micah means, and we pray our son Micah James will learn very quickly that there is no one like God!

1 comment:

Lori said...

i LOVE this post and i love the name micah. i love reading name stories and name choices ... and with us expecting number 2, it's always on my mind. thanks for sharing your son's wonderful name :)

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