Why the Name

I have had people comment on the title of my blog, so I thought that I would write it all down on a special page so that you can have your question easily answered.

The first part, "Ruhamah," comes from Hosea 2:1, "Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah." The word ruhamah means to have compassion on or show mercy. The reference to spikenard in the second part of the title comes from Mark 14:3-9. This is the story of the woman who came to Jesus during a meal and poured out a bottle of the very precious spikenard ointment onto His head. Some who were at the dinner said it was a waste, but Jesus said that she was anointing His body for the burial. This story has always touched me a lot. The woman's sacrifice for such a precious ointment was really small compared to the mercy that Jesus has shown us through His sacrifice on the cross.

So when you put the two aspects together, the mercy of God and sacrifice of our lives, it means something like this, "Jesus has such mercy on us especially through the sacrifice that He made on the cross, we should live our entire lives as a sacrifice to Him, with no fear of giving up this life for His."

I hope that is helpful and you continue to be encouraged and have enjoyment looking at this blog.

Elisabeth



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