"YAHWEH Is Gracious"
~ The Naming of John ~
JOHN, pronounced 'JAHN', is the
short English 'transliteration' of the Hebrew name 'Yochanan'. And its meaning
is 'YAHWEH [YHWH] is gracious'. Of course YAHWEH is the Hebrew enounciation
of the Blessed Hebrew Name for God also given in the English as JEHOVAH. Thus
is makes perfect sense that the 'forerunner' that is to prepare the way of
Jesus Christ, who is Jehovah,
should have such a name proclaiming God, that 'YEHOVAH is Gracious'. In this
case the word gracious is being used in conjunction with the 'grace' and
'mercy' of the Lord rather than merely speaking of a person's set of
mannerisms or in some such other context.
Like many parents of important Biblical figures, Zacharias and Elisabeth were
an elderly couple of an age well behond that of normally child producing
parents. Zacharias, while performing in the priest's office in the temple, was
visited by an angel of God named Gabriel, who is actualy the name Noah serving
in his position as the father of all living since his time and day after the
great flood. Gabriel tell Zacharias that he is going to have a son and that
he is to name him John. For his unbelief that he and his wife Elisabeth are
going to have a son at their age, Zacharias is made 'dumb' until after the
fulfillment of the angel's prophecy. After the birth of his son, Zacharias'
tongue is loosed to confirm that the child's name was to be John and to
prophesy concerning the future work of his son John. The following is a short
video depicting John's naming (my grand daughter Maia is the young girl in
the video standing to the side and behind Elisabeth).