2019-19-12-01 - Do Not Use the Name of God Frivolously
Exodus Study ~ The Third Commandment
First, let’s go once again to the dictionary and get a definition of Blasphemy:
I also want to note one definition of vain: “having no real value; worthless” 2 As you can see, to take the name of God in vain can mean to misuse it in a way that considers it to be worthless. Ways of expressing contempt for God are: first, intentionally by abusing His name or second, unintentionally by simply not considering God at all, the one who is our Creator. To not take the Lord’s name in vain, one must know who He is and hold Him in the awe He expects and deserves. This can only truly be accomplished by those who are His own.
Therefore, the command is to a people who are supposed to be God’s followers, first Israel and second the Church. His name should mean something, and therefore the focus should be on uplifting God not dragging down His name. Therefore, this is a command that is universal in application. God created all mankind. Therefore, all are called to a recognition of who He is. All will be held accountable for holding Him of little worth, whether they follow Him or not. Even those who refuse to follow Him will not be excused from trifling with His name.
We can say then the command is more than not acting as if God’s name were unimportant. But, more importantly, consistent with the first two commandments, it is really to give God the honor that is His due. Israel was called to honor/worship Him in Deuteronomy 6:13 (ESV)
“It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve ...”
In 1 Timothy, 6:16 Paul says
“...to him [Christ] be honor and eternal dominion.”
And in Romans 1:21-22 (ESV), he talks of those who refuse to honor the Lord; For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools … ”
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 ESV
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