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Sermon Transcript — November 29, 2003 Hallowed Be Your Name by Mr. John Elliott Now we are here today because of God. We are here today because God made us. We are here today because God so loved us that he made a way whereby we can have a relationship with him and with his son Jesus Christ and we are here today because he created a Sabbath day for us to stop and think about his plan, stop and think about his wondrous way of life and stop and think about ourselves and how we fit into that plan and whether or not we are part of and walking in his way of life. This is a day to inspire us, to motivate us to become more like God. I'd like to ask you a question today. A very serious question. What is in a name? You might think not very much, not very much. It's just a name. Listen to the following names as I read them. Consider each one. Each one will have a certain affect on you as you hear the name. Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, Michael Jordan, O.J. Simpson, Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding, Superman, Homer Simpson. See with just these few examples when a name is said it really has a lot of meaning. A name, what's in a name? Everything is in a name. It summarizes a person. It summarizes their character. It summarizes their history. It summarizes their contributions and with every mention a person evokes a picture. Consider for instance if I were to say, Joe called. You can't hear the words "Joe called" and not think of Joe and who Joe is and get a picture of Joe or whatever name I might use of someone that you know well. I saw Joe today. Just casual use of the name Joe. I saw Joe today. The person who hears that remembers Joe, who Joe is, either a warm feeling, maybe fear comes inside, maybe repulsion, maybe love and affection. Hello Joe. When you say something on the telephone and you're talking to someone and you say their name it's not just a name, it's not just an identity, no it's that person. Hello Joe, and when you say that name you think of the individual and their character and their contribution to your life or detriment to your life or whatever it might be. Proverbs 22:1 makes a simple statement. It says… Proverbs 22:1. "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches…" In other words, this individual having a lot of wisdom and experience in life said "…a good name…" When the name is said to have a good reputation, a good picture, a good mental image is rather to be chosen than having great amounts of money. The very, very desirous things. Now here's sort of a caveat. We are all humans. None of us are perfect. Any human name that is spoken will generate a mix of feelings because nobody is perfect. He or she when their name is stated will kind of have a maybe more positive and negative. Maybe more negative than positive, but certainly a mix comes out. But I want to talk to you today about someone with a perfect name. Someone who has a name that has no flaws attached. No baggage. A name, however, that is often maligned, a name that is misunderstood, a name that is often disrespected. Today we are going to take a look at the name of God. Now how important is this topic the name of God? What are we going to get into some sort of dictionary definitions of names? Something boring and dry? Why do we need to look at the name of God? How important is this topic? I've come to believe that if we don't take the name of God seriously, we will not be granted entry into the kingdom of God, so this topic is very important. If we do not honor and take seriously the topic of honoring God's name, God will not let us into his kingdom, we simply won't be there. I'd like to start with where I began for the sermon, Matthew 6:9. Now reading the Bible every time you go through various passages, you see them in different ways. Suddenly I was just thinking I wasn't even opening the Bible, I was just thinking as I was praying. I like to use this passage that Jesus Christ gave as kind of an example outline. I'd like to go through that outline as I'm praying and make sure that I'm organizing it the way that he had mentioned and it came to this phrase. Matthew 6:9. "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name." Hallowed be your name. I thought about that. Wait a minute. Hallowed be your name. I always pray hallowed be you. Okay? How glorious and wonderful are you in name. What's in a name? Everything's in a name. Do we hallow God's name? Jesus Christ here is telling us later on to give God the glory, but here he tells us to hallow his name. So if we look here we see he's talking about our Father; he's in heaven and uses the term "hallowed," which is not something we use in our every day language. So in looking it up in the Greek lexicon, Thayer's Greek Lexicon, it says to "…acknowledge, to render, to hallow, to separate from profane things, to purify…" Okay. Then the phrase "…be your name." Could he be talking about something else or is it really name? The Bible Knowledge Commentary says "…God's name is to be revered." So here we find the name is to be revered, it's to be acknowledged, to separate from anything profane, anything that is imperfect. In Exodus 20:7, let me go back to the ten commandments and here again God tells us ten very important mileposts for his people to follow. Exodus 20:7 says… Exodus 20:7. "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." So waking up to this topic a little bit we see it is right in the big ten. The things that God tells us right up front we're not to do anything profane with his name or even to take it or even to take it in a vain way. The Bible Knowledge Commentary says the name of God should be honored and protected. We're not to use his name for any idol, frivolous or insincere purpose. The Adam Clarke Commentary states "…this precept not only forbids all false oaths, but all common swearing where the name of God is used or where God is appealed to as a witness of the truth." In other words, we're bringing him into our life. We're bringing him into our matters. We're bringing him into physical, profane things. We think nothing of reaching out and saying, well I promise you in the name of God. So we're now attaching a holy name to a human physical, carnal promise. We're trying to get somebody to believe us in other words. There are many ways that God's name is profaned. Just think for instance all the religions in the world that use God's name and then consider what those religions teach and what they do and when they're on the battlefields. Or when they're going about their business of religion and they sling God's name around or they'll attach it to the name of their church and then do things that are maybe unscrupulous. What does that do to the name of God? Let's see some examples of this. If we go to Leviticus 19:12. Leviticus 19:12. "Do not use my name to swear a falsehood and so profane the name of your God." In other words, don't say as God is my witness. There's a historical example of this found in Matthew 26:73. We'll start there. Matthew 26:73. "And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, "Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you." So Peter here is caught in the crossfire of being identified with Jesus the Messiah on the day of his execution. In verse 74… Verse 74. "Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed." The New King James says I do not know the Man and he cursed and sword. The New Revised Standard version reads this verse… Verse 74. "Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, "I do not know the man!" At that moment the cock crowed." The New Living Translation says… Verse 74. "Peter said, "I swear by God, I don't know the man." And immediately the rooster crowed." Verse 75. "And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly." So there's an example of that very thing taking place. How many times has it taken place perhaps in our life that we have attached God's name to something that would help our situation? Adam Clarke Commentary continues on this commandment: It also necessarily forbids all like mention of God. All irreverent mention of God. Just casual mention. Whereas many people will do that are real religious, they'll just use God and Jesus, and oh, God bless me here and Jesus bless me there. And we're just happy to have God in our lives. See it's this casual use of God and me and how we bring it in. It makes me sound something special. It sounds like we're giving God a lot of praise, doesn't it? In fact, we're making his name rather well used, overly used—not glorifying it. Just associating it with things that are profane. It also meant forbids all mention of his attributes in a light way. We're not really serious about it. Every prayer or impulsive statement that is made, that is not accompanied with deep reverence is condemned here also—that's what Adam Clarke says. Now regarding the Lord will not hold him guiltless, it says, whatever the person himself may think or hope however he may plead on his own behalf said he, intended no evil. Sorry, I didn't meant, God will understand. If he in any way takes the name of God in vain, God will not hold him guiltless. That's what the commandment says. He will not hold him guiltless. You can't use God's name in these casual ways. He will account him guilty and punish him for it. All such interjections as 'oh God, or 'my God' or 'good God' or other associated things like 'good heavens,' good Lord…" You know you can go on and on, sort of go out from there. It's an easy habit for some reason, for humans to inject God in things associated with evil—things that happen bad to us, out comes God's name. Blank and then there's a damnation attached to it or use Jesus' name, the Father's name, or do you want to get cute and move away a little bit. You can start using names of animals that sound like that. You know, Jimney Cricket. You can say dog instead of God spelled backwards. Man gets clever. Just gets clever. There's goodness, stars, heavens. Words that begin with "G" or "C." Cottonpicker. You know why does it always have to start with the "C" sound or "G" sound. "Good" this or on and one. Why is it always male, never female? It's just what humans do. They attach good to evil. It's always when something bad happens. They say, oh, oh, oh and it's what follows the oh that brings God in and profanes his name. It's an easy habit to get into. I think it's part of the human psyche to do something like that. Jesus said let your yes be yes and your no be no. Don't go attaching things, but friends around us, work associates, relatives, society. It's used to where it's easy to pick it up in the work place or at school or wherever. David did some soul searching during his lifetime. I'd like to turn with me back to Psalms 139:23. I will say this as a pastor that here is a passage that we will perhaps frequently in sermons, a very good passage, something that is good for all of us to follow. I'm going to read it to you. Psalms 139:23-24. "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting." Now that's a wonderful thing that we all need to be doing everyday of our lives, including before Passover. But what was the subject that David was addressing in this passage? I think sometimes we're a little reticent to reach back a few verses and get some of the context. Let's go back two verses and get some of the context. Verse 20. Here's what David was talking about when he wanted his heart searched and he wanted to see if there was wickedness in him. Verse 20. "For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain." That's the subject here. Maybe we need to soul search as well and see are we taking God's name in vain. Are we really honoring and hallowing the name of God? Verse 21. Now if we're not careful with God's name and if we take his name in vain notice where we are with regards to King David's, a man after God's own heart. Verse 21-22. "Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. It's interesting that we can't be on both sides of the fence at the same time. We want to be like David in a sense, a man with a heart that is godly as an example, but we can't be on the other side of events taking God's name in vain and having David hating us, so we have to really be honest here. Do we honor the name of God? Do we really respect the name of God? Can we do better? I think it would do each of us to follow David's example here and ask God to search us to show us our faults and to lead us in the way everlasting. Now why is God's name given such importance? We go back to Exodus 34 we'll see the God of the Old Testament who later became Jesus Christ talk about God's name and why that name is to be reverenced and why it is important. Exodus 34 beginning in 5. Exodus 34:5. "Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD." The name. Now what is the name here? It says… Verse 5. "…of the Lord." What is that name? He proclaimed the name of the Lord. If you look up the word Lord. If you look up the word name first of all from Brown Drivers Briggs, it says… The Hebrew word includes reputation, fame and glory. So here the name of God is being declared and that is his reputation, his fame, his glory. Remember that name conjures in the mind everything about the individual. So he's declaring the reputation, the fame and the glory in the name. And it says… Verse 5. "…of the Lord." Which is who we call Jehovah in English or Yahweh, the YHVH, which meant the self-existent or the eternal one. The one that exists on his own. The own who has existed forever. Verse 6. "And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God…" Now here he uses the term God and it's El in the Hebrew. It means strength, mighty, the almighty. So we have the name Lord and God, which is the self-existent eternal, mighty, almighty one. And now he goes on and shows some of the character of God. Verse 6. "…merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth." Almost right out of Galatians 5:22. The fruits of the holy spirit. Verse 7. "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation. So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. Then he said, "If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people." It's almost like us. We are humans. We are physical. We have carnal passions and yet we want God to be our God, and if he is going to go among us, we need to revere him. Verse 9. "…and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance." That's what we all desire. To be the inheritance of God. And verse 10… Verse 10. "And He said: "Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you." It is even more awesome what God is doing with us and what he has done with ancient Israel and what God will be doing with us. It's an awesome thing. We should really admire God and his character and his attributes and his plan, really hallow, really respect and honor the name of God. And not just to sort of mentally respect and honor, but to give it honor and respect in what we say, how we live, what we do so that we do not show dishonor to the name of God. To treat it casually would be to really sully the one or to be indifferent towards the one who gives us everything and who holds out eternal life for us. So here's a question. Do you revere and appreciate the name of God? If so, how much? Do you ever attach it to negative trivia in your life? Or do you stop and think I do not want to associate my negative stuff in my life, the things that happen to me with the name of God. I won't use flippant curse words or euphemisms. I won't call on God or use his name or associate that with my business at all. I just won't do that. What if you do use God's name in a disrespectful context? Does it really matter? Isn't it just an oops? Well, Jesus loves me, you know, he knows I'm weak. It doesn't matter if I say cheese whiz once in a while. Kind of casual, little slack there with heavenly terms. Let's go to Deuteronomy 28:58. This really will get our attention. I'm going to read this from the New Living Translation. Deuteronomy 28:58. "If you refuse to obey all the terms of this law that are written in this book, and if you do not fear the glorious and awesome name of the LORD your God, hen the LORD will overwhelm both you and your children with indescribable plagues." Now we think that if we don't obey God we're going to not receive the blessings. Notice how he phrases it. This is Jesus Christ talking. If you do not fear and the term fear can mean respect for the glorious and awesome name of the Lord your God. That's how it's termed for the name of God. See when we say the word God it should bring to mind all the wonderful things that God is in everybody who hears it. And if really becomes a name that to us is holy because it is wonderful and perfect and there's nothing associated with God in any way that is at all imperfect. It's only good a 100%. Not 99.9%. 100%. We begin to see the name in that way, and we will appreciate when we use the name of God. And we will be reminded when we say that name of what God really is. In Psalm 111:9-10. I don't really like the New Living Translation, but I'm going to read it because it puts some of these terms, it takes some of those religious sounding terms and puts them in a good English vernacular that we can perhaps understand in a few of these verses. Psalm 111:9-10. "He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!" See it brings it out a little more clearly in the old English. What a holy, awe-inspiring name God has. Verse 10. "Reverence for…" …it says fear probably in your translation, but "fear of" the Hebrew word "yir'ah" means fear, awesome, respect, piety and reverence. That what that term fear can mean. Reverence for and deep respect. It also can mean fear—when you're on the wrong side of God, if you disobey. Verse 10. "Reverence for the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. The rewards of wisdom come to all who obey him. Praise his name forever!" Our actions either honor or dishonor the name of God. It's important for us to realize that. Let's take a look at an example in I Timothy 6:1. It's talking about bondservants under the yoke. We might tend to pass over this and say, well, none of us are slaves or indentured servants that have been bonded to serve and obey some human master, therefore, this doesn't apply to us, but let's listen to something that's being said here by the apostle Paul to Timothy that has something to do with God's name. I Timothy 6:1. "Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed." The New International Version says… I Timothy 6:1. "All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered." So you see it's what the person does that had the effect on whether God's name is honored along with his teaching, the gospel message or whether it is slandered. The New Living Translation says… I Timothy 6:1. "Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed." We can bring shame on the name of God and human regularly do. You and I sometimes do just in the way that we live whether we're using God's name or not. Somebody says that person is a member of the church of God. Look what they're doing. Look what they say. Look how they dress. See we're associated with God. He calls us his children. It's like little children. We say who's kid is that? Oh! There kid. It says something about the family. Was the kid doing something nice? Was he doing something not so nice? It's a through back on the family name. Well, we're kids. Sometimes we honor our father, sometimes we don't, but the goal is that we need to honor the family name more and more, the name of God. In Proverbs 30:7 is a collection of proverbs, this book is from several individuals. This happens to be… Verse 1. "The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel -- to Ithiel and Ucal." So we're reading here some wisdom from someone other than Solomon. Very interesting what was on this man's mind. Two things from the New International version. It says… Proverbs 30:7. "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die…" Two things. What would you ask God before you died? How much money? You know. Nice position in the kingdom? This man and he got written up in the Bible. Your request wouldn't be or mine wouldn't be, but his was. Here it is. Verse 7-8. "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: keep falsehood and lies far from me…" Either coming in or going out. And… Verse 8. "…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread." Now why? What was on his mind? Verse 9. "Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal…" Here's a deed. Verse 9. "…poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." Because this individual was connected to God. People knew he was connected to God and that he would become poor and stole, he said he would dishonor the name of his God. And we can say, but wait a minute, we're elect, we are honorable people. We are Christians. We obey the law of God. We even teach it. We proclaim it. We publish it. We're all about honoring God and his name. Well, let's go over to Romans 2:17-24. Let's take a humble look at our situation. We are called by the name of God. His church is called by the name of God. Each of us are called the children of God even brothers and sisters with Christ. So we are associated heavily with God. Romans 2:17. "Now you, if you call yourself a Jew…" And in fact we all do. You go down to verse 29 I believe it is, you'll find that Paul here says that Christians are spiritual Jews. They are the spiritual lineage of Abraham and so yes we do call ourselves Jews. Verse 17. "…if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God." Well, actually we do. We look to God's law. We rely on it for steering. We actually brag our relationship. We come before our Father in heaven, and we're not chickens to just come right boldly before the throne of God. No, we just barge right in there and say, Father in heaven, I've got something to talk to you about today. So we have a good relationship with and if you know Verse 18. "If you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law." We heard an excellent sermonette today about raising the bar from society around us because we know the law of God and God's laws are superior and righteousness is superior by far over what society is drowning in, so we go on. Verse 19. "If you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark…" Yes, we even publish material into the world of darkness, people whose eyes are closed. Verse 20. "An instructor of the foolish…" God says those who don't keep his way are foolish. Verse 20. "…a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth…" Which it is. Verse 21. "You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?" Well, we certainly preach against stealing, but do we ever slip? You say, oh, not me. Do you ever slip at tax time? Do you ever slip in the grocery store? Do you ever slip when you owe somebody something and you don't get around to paying them for it? Do you ever borrow something and you don't return it? What kind of a name does that give when somebody said that person owed me a $100 twenty years ago, and they've never given me the $100. Verse 22. "You who say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery?" Well, maybe not literally, but what about mentally? What about your thoughts? What about your actions? What are you watching? What are you being entertained by? What are you talking about? What are people seeing you do when some good looking man or woman walks by, see? Verse 22-23. "…you who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?" Now let's ask that question. Do you dishonor God by breaking the law? Does anyone here not break the law of God? That's pretty obvious if we were to go back to I John, the whole book. I John 1, I John 2, I John 3. We could find out that anybody who says they don't sin is a liar and so yes we break the law. Do you dishonor God by breaking the law? Yes, you do, yes, I do, everytime we break God's laws because we're associated with God's law. Anybody, including Satan the devil can get up and say look at what he's doing, look at what she's doing. And we dishonor God's name. Verse 24. "For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you…" Now irrelevant as to who Paul was talking to in that day this scripture, passage applies to me. I'm sharing it with you. If you think it might apply to you, great. I think it applies to me, and I think that when I break God's law his name blasphemed among the non-believers. When we slip and we sin it dishonors God, dishonors his name. We were redeemed from slavery by the blood of Jesus Christ. Now what business do we have getting involved in sin again? We just have no business. Now hopefully none of us deliberately dishonors God's name and goes out, and well, I'm just going to trash God's name today. Hopefully, that doesn't happen. But will God do to the society that exists which openly profanes his name and is happy to do so without any regard, with contempt. Let's go to Psalm 83:16. Psalm 83:16-18. "Fill their faces with shame, That they may seek Your name, O LORD. Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; Yes, let them be put to shame and perish, That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD…" The eternal, the self existent. Verse 18. "…Are the Most High over all the earth." That's where society is heading more and more. Society will not always dishonor God's name. Jesus the Messiah will return and teach all people to respect the name of God. At first, mankind is going to resist the Messiah. He's going to resist that way of life. Let's go to Daniel 11:36. We'll see a prophecy concerning society's leader at the time when Jesus Christ returns and the period leading up to that and the great tribulation. Daniel 11:36-37. "Then the king…" This king over the beast power, the ten nations… Verse 36-37. "…shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all." So here we see the mentality of the leader that openly just trashes God's name. God then sends plagues on mankind in the day of the Lord. We go back to Revelation 16:9. You don't have to turn there; I'll just read it. Revelation 16:9. "And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God…" Just like their leader did, the name of God. The word God in the Greek, it's theos and it means supreme divinity. The supreme divinity. It says that… Verse 9. "…has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory." Now you know what's happening there are the end time and eventually Christ comes, removes Satan the devil, removes the beast, the false prophet and his kingdom is set up above all kingdoms—the millennium begins. The first fruits, the resurrected to join Christ in helping to reign and rule and re-educate the world. Society will finally be educated. Let's go to Micah 4:1-5 and see how this will take place. Micah 4:1. "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills…" So God's government will reign over all governments. Verse 1-2. "And peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." Verse 3. "He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more." Verse 4. "But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken." Verse 5. "For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever." The name of God is going to be revered in the future world that Jesus Christ reigns over. The name of God will be associated with laws and ways that are wonderful, that people want to go up and learn and be taught of and peace will be a result of that. Good things will be a result of that and people will walk in the name of God forever. Let's go to Psalm 34:3 and ask the question what can you and I do for God's name? David a man after God's own heart says in Psalm 34:3 the answer to that question. Psalm 34:3. "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together." To magnify. Because the more you magnify God, the more you magnify him, the more wonderful things you learn and see. It just gets better and better and better. And so mentally, verbally and the way that we live our lives with David we can magnify God and. Verse 3. "…and let us exalt His name together." Through deeds, not emotion. Not to go around, say, oh, blessed is your name. Not that we shouldn't do that, but there are other ways of doing that as well that we should be doing. To in all ways exalt his name. When we pray, as we speak, whenever we use God's name to do so with real reverence, also in the way that we conduct and live our lives. Let us magnify and exalt his name together. Now this is not an emotional thing that God wants us to stir up inside and start jumping around and saying how special God's name is. It's just the facts. When God's name is used, it should be used with reverence and those who are godly should be reflecting good things on the name of God. Now what about God's name and you? We tend to think of God up there in heaven and we're down here on earth this huge separation. God's name is perfect, you're name is not, my name is not. Why should we put so much emphasis on God's name? Well, let me just say this. If you come as I am trying to do to really expand the appreciation, the respect, the admiration, the holiness of the name of God in your mind and in your life, something unexpected is going to happen to you and to me, God willing. Let's go to Revelation 3:12. Remember at the beginning I told you that there's a connection between this topic and our entrance into the kingdom of heaven. Well, there's maybe an unexpected additional components here. Revelation 3:12. "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God…" See that name will become our name. If we really reverence the name of God in all that we are as well as all that we feel, that precious holy name will be our name. The name of the Father, this is Jesus Christ speaking here, red letters. Verse 12. "…I will write on him the name of My God…" the Father "…and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name." The Messiah. So you have the name of the Father, you have the name of new Jerusalem and you have the name of the Messiah. It won't be Hebrew. God doesn't speak in Hebrew, we don't know what it is. It's a glorious, wonderful language, but it'll be the God family name. It'll be the name of the Father and the name of Jesus Christ and the name of their government, their capital city if we honor and give reverence to it in what we are, if we appreciate it so much, if we really relate to it and want it and we treasure it and it's precious and it's special. Then God turns around and puts it on us, too, and if we don't, if it's not special and God's name isn't special to us, we won't be given that name, we won't be in that kingdom. I'd like to close by reading something that King David wrote that sums up our desire for the name of God. It's found it Psalm 72:18. Psalm 72:18. "Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!" How's that? Blessed be his name, blessed be God, he only does wondrous things. Nothing negative. Only wondrous things. Verse 19. "And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory." And that sums it up for us for the name of God. We want the whole world to be filled with his glory. We want to be filled with his name. God is a wondrous God who only does positive, wonderful things. At the beginning of the sermon Jesus taught us how to honor God's name in prayer. Taught us that we should in our own way not just mouth the words 'hallowed by thy name,' but our own way to acknowledge the preciousness, the specialness, the holiness, the sanctity of name of God when we pray to him. Now I'm sure that can be done in many different ways. Let's follow Jesus' instruction. I'm going to read this one more time. Jesus' instruction to us is this… Matthew 6:9. "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven…" …sacred, hallowed, holy… Verse 9. "be Your name." Verse 13. "And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." Or emphatically, so be it. Brethren let's really learn to honor, to really respect, to deeply reverence the name of God and all that we think and in all that we do.
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