Nash James Jubilee Henry — (Smith Studios photoshoot)
Baby Brother is here!
We were just explaining to John Maven (big brother) how Nash used to be inside Ima’s belly, and is now outside her belly, just like how we eat inside the house before we go outside the house to play. He just started at us like we wer crazy. But really, what a miracle that babies are fashioned in the secret place for nearly one year, and then suddenly come forth into the world in a matter of minutes. May we never lose our wonder at the beauty and mystery of creation!
For those of you who walk with our family, you already know how significant we believe names are. Not only do they represent identity and calling, but they also are a chance to partner with what God already calls our children in heaven, for we who are born of the Spirit are seated with Jesus in heavenly places! Every time we have called out our first son’s name – “John Maven” – we are calling out who he is in God, a man who is favored by God and full of wisdom and revelation! If you take the average number times we call his name per hour (2 times per parent) for roughly 12.5 hours/day, you get over 50 times/day. Multiply that by over 600 days of life to date and it equals over 30,000 times we have called his name, and that doesn’t count family and friends. That is over 30,000 times our son has been told that he is a man of wisdom and revelation who is favored by the God of the universe! With the evil in the earth rapidly increasing and the enemy fighting for the compromise of every believer, we cannot be told enough about our identity in God. Every chance you get, speak prophetically over your husband, wife, children, and even yourself for the glory of God and strengthening of your family!
So, it is with great excitement that we share with you all the meaning and story behind Nash’s name…
Nash. Nash was the last name to come. There were still a handful of words we had felt very strongly for our son’s identity, but we weren’t sure how they were supposed to fit in his name. 2 weeks before Charity went in to labor, she walked into the house on a Saturday while I was napping with John Maven and said, “what do you think about the name “Nash”? I immediately loved it, but wasn’t sure how it matched up with anything we were feeling so we let go of it. A few days before Charity went into labor, the LORD told us that he had hidden the name from us and it was His desire for us to seek it out. Almost suddenly, we realized that the other identity words we had heard, felt, and been told by others has the same letters as in the name Nash!
- N – Nahar. This was the first word that was spoken over the baby by someone outside of our family, but whom we deeply trust. It means “stream” and “light”, which are also the 2 themes for Sukkot (John 7), which is the time of year that our family was in Israel together last September. “Light” was later prophesied by 3 other people who had no knowledge of each other’s words. “Light in the Darkness”, “Carrier of Light”, “Bearing Light”, and “Sun” were all spoken over the baby independently! Confirmed: I heard the LORD say “My word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.” one morning as I was sitting outside Honest. I flipped over to Psalm 119 and discovered that the verse was the first sentence in the “nun” section. The letter nun means “heir”, and represents Messiah (Jesus), the “heir” of King David. When the letter is used inside a word the bottom part is bent, but when it is used at the end of a word the bottom part is straight. The “bent and straight” has come to represent the phrase, “the one who is humble will stand upright in the final days.” Let it be said of us!
- A – Abraham. Nash was due on February 12th, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Early on, Charity heard the phrase “Freedom Fighter”, and I heard the phrase “great faith”. We were also very intrigued by Luke 16:22 during this pregnancy, and studied “Abraham’s side” at length. In summary, we believe Nash will be a great emotional and spiritual leader in his generation! Confirmed: We were told by a dear friend that Nash would be an “oak of righteousness”, planted by the LORD. When we think of trees and righteousness, we immediately think of when the LORD appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre!
- S – Strong. “Strength” was something we felt would define Nash after we read the story of Gideon halfway through the pregnancy. We laid out a fleece to the LORD near the end of the pregnancy, and asked him to show us if he wanted the name to be something other than what we were already feeling. Confirmed: Nash was born the same length as John Maven, but a full pound and a few ounces heavier! The doctor laid him om Charity’s chest and he immediately pushed himself up and held it for a few seconds!
- H – Hidden. This was the theme of Nash’s pregnancy. We heard the LORD say that Nash was “hidden in the shadow of his wings”, and also that Nash’s name was hidden from us. Proverbs 25:2 says that “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to search it out…”
All of this was amazing, until we learned 3 days before his birth what Nash means in Hebrew! We found out it is a derivative of a phrase from one our favorite Psalms…
PSALM 21 Why are the nations in an uproar, the peoples grumbling in vain?2 The earth’s kings are taking positions, leaders conspiring together, against ADONAI and his anointed.3 They cry, “Let’s break their fetters! Let’s throw off their chains!”4 He who sits in heaven laughs; Adonai looks at them in derision.5 Then in his anger he rebukes them, terrifies them in his fury.6 “I myself have installed my king on Tziyon, my holy mountain.”7 “I will proclaim the decree: ADONAI said to me, ‘You are my son; today I became your father.8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance; the whole wide world will be your possession.9 You will break them with an iron rod, shatter them like a clay pot.'”10 Therefore, kings, be wise; be warned, you judges of the earth.11 Serve ADONAI with fear; rejoice, but with trembling.12 Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and you perish along the way, when suddenly his anger blazes. How blessed are all who take refuge in him.
In the last verse, King David says “Nash-ku bar”, Kiss the son. We believe this Psalm is relevant to our present time in history. More than ever before, the earth’s kings are conspiring against Israel, and against what God is doing in believers all over the earth. Nash is from the root word that means “to kiss”, “rule”, and “to equip with weapons”. There is a dynamic here that we believe is very important, knowing when and when not to fight. Also, that Jesus will rule from Mt. Zion in the Messianic age, and we (those who stand firm in the end) will rule and reign with him! Confirmed: Tuesday morning, we received a text from a friend who had a dream the night Charity went into labor. In the dream, the baby’s name started with “Na”. It was Nathan, who was a prophet to Israel during the time of King David. Both the first two letters of his name, and the fact that Nathan had a relationship with King David was the final confirmation to us that Nash was indeed his name!
The last aspect of Nash that is a given is Nashville. It is an exciting time in out city, both spiritually and economically. We believe Nashville is called to play a major role in the end times, and will be a city that stands for truth and righteousness even when other cities in America do not. Nashville is a rare city on the earth, and we are proud to have a son born here.
James. James (“Ya’akov”) was the first name to come. James is a family name on both sides of the family, and we felt it would be part of his name ever since we found out we were having another boy. James and John (the sons of Zavdai) were 2 of Jesus’ closest friends. When Jesus summoned them in Mark 3, he sent them out to preach with the authority to expel demons, and gave them the name “Sons of Thunder” because of their zeal and passion. Our desire for our sons is that “zeal for your house would consume (them)”, and that they would be wrapped in “zeal as a mantle”. One of our favorite stories of the Bible recounts the time when Pinchas son of El’azar was “as zealous as I am” said the LORD, and “on behalf of God made atonement for Israel” when many of the people turned from God to chase after the women and idols of a pagan nation. As a result, God gave Pinchas his covenant of peace, and made a covenant with Pinchas and his descendants that the office of cohen (priest) would be theirs forever. Our greatest prayer is that our sons would be as zealous as God for righteousness and holiness to abound in their generation, and that God would covenant his peace and priestly anointing with them and their descendants forever! Confirmation: James was confirmed on our annual family trip to Israel in September/October during the festival of Sukkot. Our friends had just had their third son and were sharing with us how they had gotten the name for him. They had taken the first letter of the LORD’s name (yud), the first letter of the wife’s name, and the first letter of the husband’s name, and the result was a new name for their son (e.g. Y-S-P = Joseph). We got home to where we were staying in Jerusalem and wrote out the same formula for our names.. “Y-C-B”. Fill in the vowels and you get the name “Jacob”, which comes from the Hebrew name “Ya’akov”, which also translates to “James”! Boom. It is also interesting to note that our good friend Daniel Hallum had a dream we were having a boy on the same day that James Goll came by the Juice Co. and told me that we were “going to have a baby”. Both of these happened a week before we found out we were pregnant again! Double Boom. Ready for the Triple Boom? On December 3rd, around 3:00, I was driving up to Nashville and headed for May Hosiery, a new and very special place for our family for reason I will not explain at this time. As I was driving, I asked the LORD what He was saying and I heard “Psalm 81” as clear as you are reading this (assuming you don’t need reading glasses). I looked up up real quick, peed my pants a little bit, then called Charity! Here are the first 5 verses, and you’ll see why this was a final confirmation for not just “James”, but also the next name…
Psalm 81 – For the Leader. On the harp. By Asaf:
(1) Sing for joy to God our strength!
Shout to the God of Ya‘akov!
(2) Start the music! Beat the drum!
Play the sweet lyre and the lute!
(3) Sound the yovel at Rosh-Hodesh
and at full moon for the pilgrim feast,
(4) because this is a law for Isra’el,
a ruling of the God of Ya‘akov.
(5) He placed it as a testimony in Y’hosef
when he went out against the land of Egypt.
Jubilee. Jubilee (“Yovel”) is significant both in meaning and in timing. It means “ram’s horn”, “to be carried”, and finally the special year that LORD established as a jubilee year of liberty in Leviticus 25! Nash was conceived AND born in the same biblical year, which falls between the civic years 5775-5776. This year of Jubilee occurs every 50 years, and is a year of freedom, rest, and joy, with debts being forgiven and property being returned to it’s original owner. Family members were also commanded to return to the land of their family/forefathers in this year. Know anyone who moved back to their childhood home in 2015-2016? I figured you would. So what happened in the last Jubilee year? Israel regained their ancient homeland capital city of Jerusalem for the first time in over 2,000 years. To put in perspective the significance of this event, no other people group in history has returned to their homeland after 40 years of being absent. 40 years. And in our lifetime it has happened with the Jewish people after over 2,000 years! So yeah, it’s a significant year according to God. Confirmation: Psalm 81. The numerical value for the letter N (nun) in Hebrew is 50!
FUN FACT: The first letter of each of Nash’s name, spelled backwards, is the Hebrew word for wine. Wine represents the Holy Spirit, the blood of Jesus, holiness and sanctification, and joy! It was also the first public miracle Jesus performed, when he turned water into the best wine at a wedding feast.
Henry. Henry is of Germanic origin, and means “home” and “power” or “ruler”. One of the first things we heard the LORD say when we found out we were pregnant was “Coming Home”. In the past year, a few of our favorite musicians have come out with albums and songs with this same theme…
NJJH – Light. Zeal. Freedom. Home.
Well, that about does it for me! May the LORD shine the light of His face on you in Jesus’ name!