Improve your sermon prep with our brand new study tools! Learn all about them here.
Sermons

Summary: Part 3 looks at the relevance of the 3rd commandment.

  Study Tools

What’s in a name?

May 3, 2009

Exodus 20:7

I would like to start with a little game. This is a word association game, and it will be fun. When I mention a name or a place, I want you to say your first thought, don’t scream it, just say it nicely. Okay, you’ve got the rules, now here we go . . .

SLIDE The Indiana Pacers CLICK The Indianapolis Colts

SLIDE Larry Bird CLICK Dennis Rodman

SLIDE Motel 6 CLICK The Hyatt Hotel

SLIDE Abraham Lincoln CLICK Adolf Hitler

BLANK

When we hear these name, places or teams, very distinct images come to mind. We come up with a variety of thoughts and even emotions. When you hear the name of a loved one, you feel joy and happiness; and a smile comes to your face. But when you hear the name of someone who has hurt you very different feelings and images come to your heart and mind, don’t they.

You see, whether we are right or not about our perception, our perception is our reality. It’s just like what we’re going through in the world right now about the swine flu. People all over the world think you catch swine flu from a pig, which is why Egypt was wanting to kill all 300,000 + pigs in their country. But we’ve learned that you don’t catch swine flu from a pig.

You see, names have great meaning and significance. We are identified by our names, and frankly we don’t like anyone mispronouncing our names, or calling us by the wrong names. Although, one of the joys of having my last name is the fact that most telephone salespeople mispronounce my name, so I know where that call’s heading.

In biblical times, names had a very special meaning. Your name often described your character and nature. People had their names changed according to their character and talents. We see Jacob means to supplant. He supplanted his brother Esau. Esau meant hairy, which he was. Abraham meant father of many nations. Peter means the rock. And that list goes on.

When someone hears your name, they immediately think of certain images of who you are. So, when we think about God and this 3rd commandment, we must understand ~

SLIDE

What’s in a name? Everything!!

Everything is predicated by your name, because your name is who you are. It’s what people think about when they hear your name, it’s what your first thoughts are about others when you hear their names.

In the very same way, when we think about God, God’s character and nature are wrapped up in His name. The question is: How can we bring honor to God’s name? How can we cause people to think good things about God when they hear His name, or simply when they hear us speak?

Today we are looking at the 3rd commandment. It is just one verse, and can be found in Exodus 20:7 ~ The NIV reads,

SLIDE

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. – NKJV

This is serious stuff with the LORD. He does not want any one of us misrepresenting, misusing or using His name in an empty manner. If we’re going to take up His Name, and be called Christians - Christ followers, then we better represent His name well.


Browse All Media

Related Media


Out Of The Mouth
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Taming The Tongue
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Allegory
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion