The longest name in the Bible is Mahershalalhashbaz which is found in Isaiah 8:1, 8:3. The is the name of the child of Isaiah and ‘the prophetess.’ Maher-shalal-hash-baz was Isaiah’s second son (Isaiah 7:3).
The name of Isaiah’s second son, Maher-shalal-hash-baz, means “Speed the spoil, hasten the prey.” This name, to be recorded on a tablet, was meant to signify the imminence of the Assyrian invasion foretold in ch. 7:17–25. This son was a constant reminder that judgment was hastening on apace and that erelong doom would fall on those who rejected God’s grace. For nearly a year before the birth of the child this name bore its mute, symbolic message to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, giving them ample opportunity to ponder its import.
The name of Isaiah’s first son, Shear-jashub, means “[a] remnant [shall] return,” and that child by his very name signified to the people that a remnant would be saved. God would not at this time make a full end of Judah, as He planned to do of Israel.
Isaiah and his sons were ordained of God to be living signs to the people of Judah (Isaiah 8:18). Through them God proclaimed a vital message to His people. The name “Isaiah” means “Jehovah [will] save.” Isaiah’s name is, in fact, the theme of the book that bears his name. In relation to the immediate circumstances, this meant salvation from Israel, Syria and Assyria.
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