Summary: God takes great pleasure when people honor His Name. His Name is directly connected to His character and His reputation.
1. There are some pretty funny real names out there!
a) Jed I. Knight
b) Bud Light
d) Tahra Dactyl
e) Chris P. Bacon
f) Dr. Joelle Rollo-Coster
g) Alma L. Knack
h) Brock Lee
i) Marriage announcements: Lonney-Ward, Hardy-Harr
2. While some names make us chuckle, others should fill us with reverence: Yahweh, Jesus.
3. God is protective, jealous and serious about His Name.
Malachi 1:11 (quickview) , For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.
The Great Commission exists to make His Name known in every nook and cranny of the earth. “Make disciples of all nations,” Jesus told us. Foreign missions.
Main Idea: God takes great pleasure when people honor His Name. His Name is directly connected to His character and His reputation.
I. God’s FAITHFULNESS Is Connected to His Good Reputation (Name).
A. God will honor His promises made to ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB.
Romans 11:28-29 (quickview) , “As regards the gospel, they [the Jewish leaders who opposed the Gospel] are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Ezekiel 20:44 (quickview) , And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name's sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord God.
• Some people wonder why God’s faithfulness to Israel is such a big deal to me
B. God’s faithfulness to the promise of ETERNAL life is based upon faith in His Name.
I John 5:11-13 (quickview) , And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
• Like many believers, I struggled w/ assurance; finally resolved — God’s good Name
Application: Faithfulness is tested when we choose God and His ways above the ways of our culture, family, or peer group. It shows itself in loyalty, especially when things are very good (forget God) or very bad (bitter at God). “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” — a person who helps at a difficult time is a truly reliable person. God doesn’t abandon us.
II. God’s Acts of Redemption HIGHLIGHT His Good Name.
A. The EXODUS
• When people show-off, most of us can only enjoy it in moderation…
• Unlike us, God is uncreated; everything exists for His good pleasure; He is not arrogant when He reveals Who He is through His works…[glorify Him]