Below is a post I wrote awhile ago, but I needed to read it again the other day. so I thought I would share it again. Enjoy!
This post is dedicated to my former pastor Shane Holden, who plucked his one string guitar, "God loves you, even in your weakness." Hearing that message over and over again and continuing to carry it in my heart continues to peel off layers of blindness.
I was reading through the story of David and Bathsheba the other day. This is a well known story, that we've all heard millions of times. Well, I got to the last verse of this story and a verse, that I never recall hearing before, practically jumped out at me:
2 Samuel 12:25
The Lord loved him, and sent a message by the prophet Nathan; so he named him Jedidiah, because of the Lord.
As I read this, I literally stopped and looked up and then down again to make sure the verse was still there and that reading it was not my imagination. This verse is talking about Solomon, whom we know is named - Solomon - not Jedidiah. But here you have the Lord himself sending a message saying for him to be named- Jedidiah. You kind of think if God said, "Name him this," you would name him that! Knowing that names are significant in the Bible I couldn't wait to find out what it meant and to discover what was happening in the background.
So curiosity got the best of me, and I was led on a wonderfully, exciting journey of discovery. At the first opportunity I had, I found out that Jedidiah means, "my beloved." This meaning totally captured my heart. I then quickly did a search of commentaries to see if anyone else was blown away by it and if they could shed some light on why Solomon is called Solomon and not Jedidiah. After reading through 7 commentaries, I got a few hints as to what was going on but I still felt like the magnitude of this verse was overlooked.
You can hear the cry of God in this, as to the why; why did you mistrust My heart and not know that I am generous towards you? These decisions by David lead to consequences that end up hurting the rest of his kingship and his family line. In addition, the baby conceived in this mess ends up dying.
Somewhere in this timeline, David ends up writing Psalm 51 which we all know well: "Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, take not thy Holy presence from me..."
The story doesn't end with fear or an unknown answer but it ends, with a gift from God, the gift of Solomon. A man of peace, a picture of Christ and a daily promise and reminder from God to David and Bathsheba of God's intimate, redeeming love. You see, I do believe Solomon was called Jedidiah - my beloved - but it was not by "the people" but it was by his family. Whenever they would say, "Jedidiah" they were reminded that God's answer to David's prayer is - "my beloved."
You see He is a redeeming God, a forgiving God, it is not based upon merit, or upon our actions it is all rooted in His LOVE. The summary of this chapter is, "The mess you are in, this is not what I intended, this is not what I had planned for you... yet even after all of that I will step in, I will redeem and it will be through my Beloved."
This verse did one more thing for me though. Over the years, I've heard people say, "We are God's beloved." While I obviously knew that God loved me, I had been unwilling to take the intimacy of that name, "My beloved" and apply it to myself, as an individual. You see I had heard that like John, who defines himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 21:20) we too could define ourselves that way. I also heard others say, that the message Jesus heard as He arose from baptism is the same message that God speaks over our lives, but yet somehow, some way that was not enough for me.
However, after reading 2 Samuel 12:25 it dislodged me and I'm full into being His beloved. The fact that God himself, tapped Nathan on the shoulder and said, "Let them know, he is my BELOVED," astounded me. After all the mess, after all the hurt the note that God wraps it all in is, "he is my beloved," and He gives a name, a nickname that is meant to be a daily reminder of His love to not only Solomon but to His whole family that they are loved.