Who is Rhesa?
Luke 3: 27 “the son of Rhesa”
1 Chronicles 3 tells us that Zerubbabel had 1 daughter and 7 sons and the firstborn son was Meshullam. The name Rhesa means ‘prince’ or ‘head’ and it is highly probably this title was given to Meshullam as the representative of the Jews in captivity.
So here is someone in the ancestry of Jesus who isn’t named except for his title. That has to have a degree of importance about it. I wonder if he could cope with that. Give someone a title and you soon find out what they are really like. But I’m not against them.
Titles can bring confidence in those who are needing help from that person. It means that person has credibility.
Titles bring respect, a recognition that the one with the title is in a more knowledgeable position that the one coming to see them.
Titles can release the person to serve better because it gives the authority perhaps that is needed.
On the other hand …
Titles are all people have left when their ministry/office/work is fading.
I think in my culture we should leave the titles to Jesus:
“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Rev. 17:14
“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:9-11
In some places we have de-titled the One to no more than a friend, a mate and at the same time held on to our own titles. Someone gave me his business card once and it took me a few minutes to finish reading the titles he had given himself which were printed all around the sides of the card.
My name is Paul, it means small.