This is our third week learning a little bit more about the 10 Commandments from the bible. This week we are going to be learning some things about God's name, but before we begin, here are a couple of new songs for you to enjoy!
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP
Today we’ll learn about some of the names people call God in the Bible. Let’s begin by sharing nicknames people call us. Can you guys think of some? What are they?
Thanks for sharing your nicknames! A lot of people have nicknames. A nickname might tell something about who we are or be a different way to say our real name. Did you know that God not only has nicknames in English but that there are different ways to say his names in other languages?
All the names people call God tell about him, and they respect God’s name. That means they tell how wonderful God is.
What was your favorite name of God in another language?
The video said we use God’s name to praise him, and we don’t use it disrespectfully. What’s a good way to use God’s name?
It was neat to learn how people who speak other languages say God’s name! No matter what language you’re using, you can use God’s name to praise him and say nice things, because we respect God’s name when we talk about him.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve learned about God’s commands. God’s commands are things God tells us to do that help us have the best life. This week we’ll find out that God commands us to use his name right. The command says we respect God’s name when we talk. Let’s learn more about that...
Did you know that there is a book that parents can get that has a list of ALLLLLL the names for babies in it, so new parents can choose very special names for their babies.
Your name is special, and your parents gave you your name for a reason.
We say our names proudly because they’re special. God’s name is special, too, so we respect God’s name when we talk. God is so amazing, so when we say his name, we want people to know that his name is special and it means power, strength, love, and lots of good things. All our names mean something, too.
What if someone used your name in a mean way?
How would you feel when someone says your name in an unkind way?
What if someone used your name in a silly way?
What did you think if you heard your name used wrong?
Names are special, and they mean something. God’s name is special, too. And when we use God’s name, we tell people who he is. That’s why we respect God’s name when we talk. We want to use God’s name in a way that makes sense and shows that God is awesome!
The Bible says God has more than one name, and we can respect all God’s names when we talk. Let's look at some of those names now:
I Am who I Am (Exodus 3:13-14)
God told his friend that his name is “I Am who I Am.” That’s an interesting name. It tells us God is powerful and in control.
Lord of Lords (Deuteronomy 10:17)
That means God is ruler over all people and things.
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Wow! God is a wonderful listener, he’s mighty and brings us peace, and he’s a loving father over all people on earth! God is so great—he’s all these wonderful things!
There’s one more name..
Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8)
Alpha and Omega means “beginning and the end.” God made the whole world, so he started it all and he’s the one who keeps the whole world moving and alive! God’s name is so great. That’s why we respect God’s name when we talk.
Everything about God is wonderful. When we say any of God’s names, we remember how great he is, and we want others to know, too.
Before we move on, there's one more thing we should talk about...
So we're talking about how we respect God's name when we talk about him, butone thing you might have have heard about what this commandment means is that we don’t say “Oh my God.” But let's listen to this...
"Then I will praise you with music on the harp,
because you are faithful to your promises, O my God.
I will sing praises to you with a lyre,
O Holy One of Israel."
So if the Bible says it, how can it be bad? What’s the big deal about OMG?
First, let’s look again at that verse. As I read it, think about what the verse is trying to say. What is this verse trying to say?
This verse is written as a praise to God. It’s a little like saying, “Oh my friend, you are so cool!” That’s why it’s okay to say “O my God.” The heart behind what we’re saying matters. If we’re praising God, that’s a great, respectful use of his name!
More often, though, when we hear this phrase, it’s as an exclamation or a curse that has nothing to do with God.
What are some types of situations where you’d typically hear that phrase? Perhaps when something shocking, bad, disgusting, or exciting happens?
In those cases, people aren’t using God’s name as a praise; what they’re saying has nothing to do with God. And in many cases, it’s a reaction to something bad!
If people used our names when they weren’t even thinking about us, we wouldn’t like that. It might even be hurtful and disrespectful. And God’s name is even more important than our names, so it should be treated with more respect than ours.
Our names help identify us. But if we know your name is Aidan, we still don’t really know anything about you. God’s name shows us he is Creator, holy, forever, and so much more! And God’s name is all over the place; we see it when we see glimpses of who he is.
Did you know that in the time the Bible was written, the Jewish people didn’t even write out God’s whole name? They left out the vowels. So if you look at the Old Testament in its original language, Hebrew, you would see God’s name, Yahweh, without the vowels. That was a sign of respect and how they treated God’s name differently from other names.
God’s commandment didn’t say we can’t write his name. But it does tell us to be careful how we use God’s name! We respect God’s name when we talk, and that means we use it to praise him or say good things about him, not to curse.
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We respect God's name when we talk because his name is very special. Our names are special, too. Sometimes even hearing our names can be exciting.
When someone calls our names in a kind way, that makes us happy. God loves us and is excited when we call his name, too. Saying God’s name as we pray to him and telling others about his love are great ways to say God’s name.
God loves us and knows our names so we're going to make something today that shows off our beautiful names and reminds us of God’s love.
**Click on the picture above to print off the page, then gather the following supplies to decorate your name hanging. (“God Loves” handout, card stock or construction paper, glue stick, markers, fun stickers, hole punch, curling ribbon)
Each of us has a special name that tells people who we are. When we hang up our nameplates, we can remember that God loves us and knows our names. God’s name is special, too.
Dear Heavenly Father,
There are so many names that you have that help us to learn more about you and many of your characteristics. We pray that as we go about our days that we would remember to always respect your name, giving you the respect and honour that you deserve.