What is in a Name?
Over the past few weeks, I have been reading Twelve Ordinary Men by John Macarthur. In this book, Macarthur discuses the twelve apostles and views them as the ordinary people that they were. He devotes each chapter to a different apostle starting with Peter continuing to Judas Iscariot and describing their qualities and traits. With Peter, Macarthur describes his leadership and outspokenness. He discusses that Peter was one of the most outspoken apostles and was the one to always ask questions. Jesus also gave him the nickname “Peter.” His first name was actually Simon and after his nickname was allocated to him he went by Simon Peter. The name Peter in Greek is Petros meaning “Rock”. The Lord called Peter by his nickname in order to give him the courage and acceptance he needed to carry on the teachings of the Lord. The Lord would call Peter by “Simon” when he was not performing the right way and Peter knew this when the name Simon was used.