I remember listening to the Focus On The Family Radio Theatre’s version of Anne of Green Gables and hearing Anne rant about how awful it would be to be given a name like Jedidiah. To her, it was just a name that was totally “unromantic.” However, yesterday when I was reading my Bible, I got a different impression of this name. Did you know that this was a special name that God gave to Solomon when he was a baby? I have read the Bible through at least 8 times, and I don’t ever remember picking up on this before.
And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
I noticed in the margin of my Bible that Jedidiah means “beloved of the Lord.” Here are the same verses in the Amplified Bible.
David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went to her and lay with her; and she bore a son, and she called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved [the child];
He sent [a message] by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and [Nathan] called the boy’s [special] name Jedidiah [beloved of the Lord], because the Lord [loved the child].
This is one of the things I love about the Bible. No matter how many times you read it, there is always something new that the Lord can bring to your attention. There is no other book like the Bible, and I’m thankful to be able to have a copy of my own to read, study and love!