Summary: Names do matter and God’s Name matters most of all. How many Christians will be willing to take on the "Blasphemy Challenge!
Statement: Christians ought to honour and defend the name of God as we would the name of a loved one. We honour God’s name by living in obedience to Him.
Introduction: Shakespeare’s Juliet makes the statement, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” insinuating that a name does not matter. But is that entirely true?
1. Do you think the music of Engelbert Humperdinck would be more popular under a different name?
2. Raw Fish – use the more exotic term “sushi” if you like, but it is still raw fish
3. Some would replace Christmas with another name?
Names do matter and the name of God matters most of all!
I. The Awesome Names of God
i. The Supreme God, above all everyone and thing
iii. We owe everything to God
i. Unchanging Eternal, Self-existent, Covenant keeping God
ii. Hebrews 13:8 – The same yesterday, today & forever
i. Mighty, Sufficient, Satisfying One
ii. John 4:14 - But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
d. Adonai – Sovereign Lord, Master
i. A kind and fair master
ii. John 21:1-6 – No fish all night, Jesus then commanded
e. Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord will provide
i. Provides for all our spiritual & physical needs
ii. Philippians 4:19 – My God shall provide all your needs
f. Jehovah-rophe – Jehovah Heals
i. Spiritually heals – gives us life – that’s healing!
ii. We come to Christ sinners and He makes us royalty!
g. Jehovah-nissi – Jehovah My Banner
i. Our purpose and Our authority
ii. Exodus 17 – Battle against Amalek
i. Jehovah Who Sanctifies
ii. II Corinthians 6:17 – Come out from them, be separate
i. Jehovah-Shalom – Jehovah is Peace
i. The promise of peace when only destruction is seen
ii. Do you have peace tonight?
j. Jehovah-Tsidkenu – Jehovah our righteousness
k. Jehovah-rohi – Jehovah my Shepherd – Psalm 23
l. Jehovah-Shammah – Jehovah is there! – A promise of hope
m. I Am
i. I AM THAT I AM
ii. I am Alpha and Omega (Jesus)
iii. I am the bread of life (Jesus)
iv. I am the door (Jesus)
v. I am the God of thy fathers
vi. I am the good shepherd (Jesus)
vii. I am the light of the world (Jesus)
viii. I am the LORD which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness
ix. I am the LORD, your Holy One
x. I am the resurrection, and the life (Jesus)
xi. I am the vine (Jesus)
xii. I am the way, the truth, and the life (Jesus)
xiii. I am thy shield
xiv. I am with you alway (Jesus)
n. Nazarene –
i. This title is used for Christ only once (Matt. 2:23). In all other cases the word is rendered "of Nazareth" (Mark 1:24; 10:47; 14:67, etc.).
ii. When this Greek designation was at first applied to our Lord, it was meant simply to denote the place of his residence. In course of time the word became a term of reproach.
iii. Thus the word "Nazarene" carries with it an allusion to those prophecies which speak of Christ as "despised of men" (Isa. 53:3).
iv. Some, however, think that in this name there is an allusion to the Hebrew netser, which signifies a branch or sprout. It is so applied to the Messiah i.e., he whom the prophets called the Netse, the "Branch." - Isaiah 11:1
o. Revelation 19:16 – KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
p. Isaiah 9:6
i. Wonderful Counsellor
ii. Mighty God
iii. Everlasting Father
iv. Prince of Peace
II. Freedom and Boundaries in the Name of God
a. “Ask in My Name” – Repeated six times in John 14-16
b. Asking in Jesus name constitutes
i. Praying according to Jesus’ character
ii. Praying according to God’s will
iii. Praying under Jesus’ authority
i. Several times I had staff use my name to do something I had not authorised
1. “Martin said I could take this holiday…”
2. “Martin said to reduce this product…”
d. Our prayer life is dominated by the name of God
e. Our prayer life, our life, should be lived in the shadow of Jesus
i. Colossians 3:17 - And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
ii. I Timothy 2:7 - Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.