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About The Name Of Ariel Sharon

Ariel means "lion of God".

It is the name of a city and three men in the Bible.

  • The symbolic name of Jerusalem (Isaiah 29:1-2, 7), perhaps applied to the city because the lion was the emblem of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:9).
  • Two men of Moab killed by Benaiah (one of David’s mighty men). They are called "lion-like heroes" (NKJ) (2 Sam. 23:20; 1 Chr. 11:22). Because of uncertainty about the exact meaning of the phrase, it is translated as "sons of Ariel" (NASB), "two Ariels" (RSV), and "best men" (NIV).
  • The man whom Ezra sent to Iddo at Casiphia (Ezra 8:16).

Sharon Sharon means "plain, level". Sharon means "plain, level".

plain plain (Webster's): 1a. an extensive area of level or rolling treeless country; 1b: a broad unbroken expanse; 2. something free from artifice, ornament, or extraneous matter; 3. even, level; 4a. evident to the mind or senses: obvious; 4b. marked by outspoken candor: free from duplicity or subtlety: blunt; 5a. belonging to mankind in general; 5b. lacking special distinction or affectation: ordinary; 6. characterized by simplicity: not complicated; 7. lacking beauty or ugliness; 8. absolutely

Plain of SharonPlain of Sharon: coastal plain, W Israel, extending from Mt. Carmel to Tel Aviv-Jaffa; ab. 50 mi. long by 10 mi. wide; very fertile (Merriam Webster's Geographical Dictionary). Northwest of Jerusalem.

About Ezra 8:16:"Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of understanding. "

Ariel="lion of God"

Eliezer="God is help"

Shemaiah="heard by Jehovah"

Elnathan="God has given"

Jarib="he contends"

Elnathan="God has given"


Zechariah="Jehovah remembers"


Joiarib="Jehovah contends"

Elnathan="God has given"


  1. Last night, while praying for this man of God at the House of Prayer (6 November 2002), my spirit was deeply stirred. I witnessed the Lord’s strong presence and anointing. I truly believe that through praying for this man, we too will receive strength and hope for our own life battles.
  2. This man is liken unto King David. He was a man who loves God and His and his people.
  3. He is also a man of war. Had been fighting for his nation and the purposes of God since his youth days.
  4. After many years of battles gaining victories and joy, and also at the same time witnessing much casualties and much heartaches, this elderly man is getting a bit weary. Pray that the Spirit of God will quicken his heart to be bold and be strong. That like Caleb of old, even at the age of 85, he would not quit but still cry out, "give me this mountain" (Joshua 14:12).
  5. The battle is not his but God’s! He will not need to fight in this battle. Pray that he will position himself, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD Who is with him. Pray that he will not fear or be dismayed; for the LORD is with him (2 Chr 20:15-17).
  6. Pray that this "lion of God" will be used to "level" the "mountains" (every thought <nation> that exalt itself against the knowledge of God), and "exalt" the "valleys" (those who are humble and broken before the Lord); and "make" the crooked paths straight! (Isaiah 40).
  7. Pray that Israel will seek the long term peace God has promised them, and that they will unite themselves around the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12); and not some peace treaties offering short-term gains but resulting in long term pains.
  8. Pray that Israel will come to know and behold their God in all of His fullness and splendour! "The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:5)
  9. Pray for the Arabs that they too will experience God, and accept God’s best solution as laid in Isaiah 19:23-25. Pray also for the reconciliation of two ancient brothers, Jacob and Esau (Genesis 33).
  10. Pray that more Christians, churches and denominations will stand with Israel and support her as her people return to the Lord and journey back to the Holy City of God, Jerusalem.

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary