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What does your name mean?

בעל ba`al

Always wondered why my parent’s gave me my name (Beulah). I’m the kind of person that already pre-picked the names of my future children (I want them to be one of a kind, gotta plan ahead lol). But the more I think about it the more I realize a name should speak something over your life. I mean you will be repeated called it over and over again so it should be a testament to who you and who you are called to me. So I decided to hit up the old people one more time to ask why did you give me this random name (I’m always being told its an ‘old person’s name’ well guess what people, OLD PEOPLE START OFF YOUNG TOO! lol) My dad told me “Beulah is aspirational. Beulah means heaven, an expression for a desire for Heaven and the things of God. Like the Sweet Beulah Land the song.”
 
So I was like okay, let me do some research. There are two translation of the Hebrew word “Beulah” the literally translation is “married” and it also is used to refer to “heaven”. The song my dad referenced draws from a scripture verse in the Bible. The second verse of the song draws specifically from Isaiah 62:4. “The verse is in reference to the return of the Jews from their exile in Babylon in which the Jews shall no longer be called Forsaken, but Hephzibah (My Delight Is in Her), and Jerusalem shall no longer be called Desolate, but Beulah (Married). This implies that the Jews have turned back to the worship of God.”
 
According to the Easton Bible Dictionary, Beulah is used “metaphorically as the name of Judea: ‘Thy land shall be married,’ i.e., favoured and blessed of the Lord.”
 
According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia - “bu’-la (be‘ulah “married”): A name symbolically applied to Israel: “Thy land (shall be called) Beulah …. thy land shall be married. …. so shall thy sons marry thee” (Isa 62:4 f). In this figure, frequently used since Hosea, the prophet wishes to express the future prosperity of Israel. The land once desolate shall again be populated.”
 
What does mean to me? I (as anyone who professes to be Christian) am to aspire to be heaven bound. Moreover, I should be focused on having an intimate relationship with Christ, like how Israel is ‘married’ to God. I should not accept any futile or negative thoughts about life because I am blessed and highly favored. God has called me to be prosperous. This might not mean monetary wealth, but prosperity by any means God sees fit. I have to live according to this prophecy over my life given when the name Beulah was bestowed on me. This is inherently part of the person God wants me to be and I desire to be.
Now, the question is how to get there…
 
 
 

Sweet Beulah Land

by Edgar Page Stites

Verse 1

I’m kind of homesick for a country

To which I’ve never been before.

No sad goodbyes will there be spoken

for time won’t matter anymore.

 

Chorus:

Beulah Land, I’m longing for you

and some day on thee I’ll stand.

There my home shall be eternal.

Beulah Land — Sweet Beulah Land

 

Verse 2

I’m looking now across the river

where my faith will end in sight.

There’s just a few more days to labor.

Then I will take my heavenly flight.

O Beulah land, sweet Beulah Land!

As on they highest mount I stand,

I look away across the sea

Where mansions are prepared for me

And view the shinning glory shore

My heaven, my home forever more.


Isaiah 62:4

New International Version (NIV)

 

4 No longer will they call you Deserted,

  or name your land Desolate.

But you will be called Hephzibah,[a]

  and your land Beulah[b];

for the LORD will take delight in you,

  and your land will be married.

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