Summary: Your name has meaning! It reveals the depth of who you are...your character, nature and reputation. It is one thing you will carry to your grave! God's name is important as well! Using His name flippantly is sin. There is no greater name!

Exodus 20:7

What’s in a Name?

As I prepared this series, I realized how little we actually preach or teach on the Ten Commandments as if they are neither important nor relevant. They are both. It was very enlightening to me to preach through them. I learned a lot! I trust this series will encourage you to also preach through the Ten Commandments!


MOSCOW, February 18 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow authorities have refused to issue a birth certificate to a six-year-old boy, whose parents named him BOCh RVF 26062002, a records chief told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Registration officials refused to register the boy’s name, which translates into a Russian acronym for Biological Human Object of the Voronin-Frolov Genus (DoB) June 6, 2002, to "protect the boy’s own interests." The parents have insisted on registering the name.

"This case has been reviewed by several judicial agencies; however, the parents have been denied the right to register the child with that name," Tatyana Ushakova said. "This was done to protect the interests of the boy. His parents need to think about the boy and how he can live with a name like that and not think about their own ambitions."

Ushakova said that there is no legislation in Russia against giving children odd names. She also said that the parents referred their case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg; however, the complaint was turned down.

In 2008, a number of other odd names were registered in Russia, including the English equivalent of North, Dolphin, Wind, and Moon. However, in 2005 the names Leaf Salad, Aviation Dispatcher, Russia, Privatization, Cool, Viagra and Simply a Hero were registered.

However, the Russian names are somewhat tame compared to New Zealand, where last year a family court judge made a nine-year-old girl a ward of the court in order to change her name from Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

The judge Rob Murfitt said at the time, "The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child’s parents have shown in choosing this name. It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily."

Murfitt gave a list of names that registrars had refused to register, including Sex Fruit, Keenan Got Lucy and Fish and Chips. However the names Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence somehow got through."

Have you ever wondered what the importance of a name is? Well, wonder no more! God’s name is important to Him! It defines and describes His character. It is so important that it is described for us so concisely and succinctly in this passage.

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain”

A Clear Command 7a

We have this from the Word of God! We are not to treat His name in a flippant or disrespectful way.

First, the Problems we face…

In Profanity

Using God’s Name as an adverb is a no-no! Many use Jesus Christ as an expletive. Others may use OMG, G-D this or that which reveals an emptiness of the soul or a vain mind.

It is true what warren Wiersbe and Adrian Rogers had to say regarding profanity:

Warren Wiersbe quote – “what’s down the well comes up in the bucket”

Adrian Rogers quote – “using profanity reveals an empty head and a wicked heart”

In Hypocrisy

Living diametrically opposed to God’s Word yet claiming to be a Christian…unthinkable!

People are two-faced, wearing a mask or façade when using God’s holy name in a light manner. Using His name thoughtlessly or casually is hypocritical as a “professing” Christian.

In Dishonesty

To make a promise or vow to God or others and not keep it is disrespectful to God.

In Carelessness

We should not disregard, dismiss, despise that holy Name!

‘Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4.12

Neither should we use His name in prayers which are both selfish and repetitious in nature. Using it as a formula (Abracadabra) is sinful.

Contributing something to God that He did not tell you (i.e. God told me to divorce my wife, buy that house I can’t afford) is sinning against God and His holy name!


In their fascinating book, Freakonomics, economists Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner point out that one of the first acts of parental power comes in the naming of a child. Many believe the name carries great significance. The case of the Lane brothers may argue differently.

Back in 1958, a baby boy was born into the Lane family. Robert—the father—chose to name the boy Winner. How could the young man fail to succeed with a name like Winner Lane?

The Lanes had another son several years later. For unknown reasons, Robert named this baby Loser. How tragic to doom this boy's future prospects with such a name.

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