Repetition of endearment

That’s just a fancy way of referring to a feature in scripture where names or titles are repeated twice:

Spoken by Spoken to
[Those last three are a little complex. You may want to actually look them up :)]
God the Father, God the Son Abraham, Abraham  (Genesis 22:11)
Jacob, Jacob (Genesis 46:2)
Moses, Moses (Exodus 3:4)
Samuel, Samuel (1 Samuel 3:4, 10)
Martha, Martha (Luke 10:41)
Simon, Simon (Luke 22:31)
Saul, Saul (Acts 9:4)
God the Son Eloi, Eloi (Matthew 27:46)
Humans Lord, Lord (Matthew 7:21-22; Luke 6:46)
David Absalom (2 Samuel 18:33, 19:4)
Elisha Elijah (2 Kings 2:12)
Jehoash, king of Israel Elisha (2 Kings 13:14)

Well, so what? According to Douglas Stuart, the name repetition in Semitic cultures  is a sign of deep, close friendship. So when God calls someone by repeating their name twice, He is conveying His close friendship with that person. Similarly, those who will call Christ “Lord, Lord” are claiming a familiarity which, in the passages above, they have no right to.

I heard a sermon years ago on this name repetition in the Bible, and the preacher pointed out that it is impossible to say a person’s name twice in anger—you’ll probably say it once, perhaps stressing every syllable. I think this comes out best in the cases of Martha, Simon Peter and Saul. In each situation, Christ had good reason to be disappointed or angry. He instead turned those into teaching moments, not only for them but also for all of us who have come afterward. Isn’t it a comfort to know that the Lord is more interested in our instruction than in our castigation?

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