2010-02-28 - The Call to Represent the Lord
The Ten Commandments, Part 16
The Third Commandment, Continued
I think for us, as believers, there are two ways we can deal with this command. The first is in the negative, and that is not to misuse the name of the Lord. The second is to glorify the name of God. I think that both these are applicable, and so we shall take a look at both.
What are some of the ways that you can think of that we, as believers, can take the name of God in vain? Ways that commonly come to mind include swearing, perjury, by abusing the word of God in its use. Now all these are valid, and are ones that we can find ourselves falling into, but I suspect these would be more by exception than by rule.
There is another way I think that we can take the Lord's name in vain, and I want you to consider whether or not you feel this one is more dangerous and subtle. I'm afraid we may all be guilty of this, more than we would like to admit.
Let's first look at a few more references. Matthew 21:9 talks about Christ, but it seems to lay down a principle about service of God.
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!." When we are saved, we are called to be baptized in the name of the Lord. "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ ?" (Acts 2:38).
Comments or Questions?