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A Girl Named Gomer — What’s in a Name?

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Many of us are familiar with the character Gomer Pyle on the old Andy Griffith television series. For decades, I associated the name Gomer  with that type of character — a simple, naive, good-hearted MA.   Because that name was locked in my brain as a man’s name, I always felt sorry for that poor woman in the Bible — a prostitute, no less — who bore the name Gomer, which I considered too masculine (and far from enticing).   I even wondered why God would call a prophet like Hosea to marry a woman with such a homely name!

Studying Hebrew one day a few years ago, I was engaged in conjugating the verb that means “to finish or complete or perfect, to bring to a close.”  That verb is rendered as לגמר (ligmor), and — guess what! — the form of that verb that means he finishes, completes, or makes perfect is nothing other than GOMER!  So, that means that Hosea (a variant of Yeshua or Joshua, meaning he will save) will complete or finish or make perfect his bride!  Hosea the prophet serves as a type of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who completes and finishes His Bride!  What a picture of our destiny as believers in Jesus!

When we read Psalm 138:8, we hear the psalmist declare:  The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”  The word used for will perfect is none other than yigmor, the future tense of gomer.  Moreover, Paul reiterates God’s promise to complete the work He begins in us through Christ Jesus.  In Philippians 1:6, he writes “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (NLT).

Evidently, Gomer is not a bad name at all!   Do I want Jesus to complete His perfect work in me?   Absolutely!   For that matter, have I been unfaithful to His commandments and character at times in my life?   Definitely!  In that sense, I am no better than the prostitute Gomer in the Book of Hosea.   As such, I welcome the completing, finishing, perfecting work of my Messiah Yeshua, and I myself am more than honored to be reminded that my name is really Gomer, for My Lord is in the process of completing and perfecting me to reflect His glory!  I suppose that, if a boy can be named Sue, a girl can be named Gomer!  🙂

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The First and the Last, the Beginning and the End

images[3]“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all)” [Amplified Edition].  We are all familiar with this verse from Revelation 22:13.   However, we typically think of the beginning as something we leave behind and the end as a point where we stop.  The beginning is the place where we take our first step in a journey, and the end is our goal — the finish line.   One of my favorite Scriptures about this aspect of the beginning and the end is Hebrews 12:1-3:

“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.” [Amplified Edition]

These verses have always motivated me to focus on Jesus as my goal, my finish line, the one to whom I am running.

A recent trip to San Francisco expanded my thinking about the race we are running toward our Savior.   Our daughter-in-law used a panoramic setting on my camera to take a picture of our son at the Golden Gate Bridge.   Timothy initially stood at the left side of the photograph, then ran around to stand at the right.   Even though he couldn’t possibly be in two places at the same time, he actually does appear in two places of the same still shot.  As I contemplated this phenomenon, the Holy Spirit reminded me that Jesus is our Source AND our Goal — the Beginning AND the End, the Author AND Finisher of our faith, the First AND the Last, the Alpha AND the Omega.  He also is with us every step of the way on this grand and glorious race we are running — up and down mountains, in and out of tunnels, over bridges and (sometimes) under water, slowly and rapidly, on rough terrain and on smooth pavement, in fair and foul weather.   His empowering Presence NEVER leaves us, no matter how we are running.    Praise God for His faithfulness to launch us, strengthen us, and beckon us to Himself, our Creator and the End of all things! 10680040_10152891664472953_6506291108140053399_o

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