Summary: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS – More Than Just a Name We have been brought into an intimate relationship with God whereby we not only have the privilege of calling upon the Name of the Lord, but we can call God our Father. May we not be guilty of treating the Na
• Exodus 20:3-17 (NIV)
 You shall have no other gods before me.
 You shall not make for yourself an idol. . .
 You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. . .
 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. . .
 Honor your father and your mother. . .
 You shall not murder.
 You shall not commit adultery.
 You shall not steal.
 You shall not give false testimony . . .
 You shall not covet.
In Paul Dickinson’s book What’s in a Name, he has taken his hobby of collecting actual names and has shared them with us. Some names are strange and unusual. Other he says are names that seem to be prophetic. For example, here are some real names from his book:
– Joe Bunt became a baseball coach.
– Dan Druff became a barber.
– Jeff Treadwell became a podiatrist.
– Two men by with the last names of Goforth and Ketchum became police officers and actually became partners (can you imagine: who do we send? Send Goforth and Ketchum)
– Two other men became partners in church equipment, Mr. O’Neill and Mr. Pray.
– Will Crumble became a plaster contractor.
– Mr. P.P. Peters became a urologist.
What’s in a name? In Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo asks that very question: "What’s in a name? A rose by any other name still smells just as sweet." Romeo seems to think that names are just arbitrary ways of saying who we are. We might as well call the rose bush a thorn bush, but then how many little girls would be named Thorn? Of course then Rosey O’Donnel would be “Thorney”—I don’t know does that fit her better?
We come today to the third of the Ten Commandment, and it’s important for us to remember that these are God’s Ten Commandments not the 10 suggestions. God’s commandments are eternal; they will never become obsolete or outdated. The Ten Commandments are just as valid today as when God first gave them at Mount Sinai nearly four thousand years ago.
• Exodus 20:7 (NIV)
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven hallowed by thy name” (Matthew 6:9). We have been brought into an intimate relationship with God whereby we not only have the privilege of calling upon the Name of the Lord, but we can call God our Father. May we not be guilty of treating the Name of the Lord as common and ordinary. His is the Name that is above all others.
I. WHAT’S IN A NAME?
1. We give little or no thought to the meaning of a name today.
a) Our name gives us an identity, but seldom does a name reflect our character. You might share a name with someone, but that may be all that you share in common with that person.
ILLUSTRATION: You may be surprised to learn that there are three Greg Ebies. You all of course know me and my son Greg. You may not know that I also have a cousin by the same name. My son Greg and I share a lot in common, but my cousin and I share very little in common. He is a toe head blond that’s losing his hair and you can see that’s not me although my daughters have accused me of losing some hair. My cousin is the shy and quiet type and I’m more gregarious. He’s a paramedic and I’m a pastor. A list of differences could go on and on. And I’m sure that for those who wanted you could find a long list of differences between my son Greg and me as well.