Not In Vain

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Ten Commandments

#3  Exodus 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.(NIV)

For this commandment I will use an exert from the Matthew Henry Commentary:

The third commandment concerns the manner of worship, that it be with all possible reverence and seriousness. All false oaths are forbidden. All light appealing to God, all profane cursing, is a horrid breach of this command. It matters not whether the word of God, or sacred things, all such-like things break this commandment, and there is no profit, honour, or pleasure in them. The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Think about the certain “religions” that calls themselves “gods” or even rappers who use the term.  There are even some you go as far as to call themselves “Jehovah”.   Please keep in mind that it doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob;  neither does my belief make the LORD anymore real.  God is God case closed whether you pray or not.  Think about all of the near death experiences or the really tight situations we find ourselves in and we make that oath or promise to God to change and we don’t… God’s name in Hebrew is spelled YHWH, they didn’t even speak His name but they spoke of His titles.


n Judaism, the name of God is more than a distinguishing title; it represents the Jewish conception of the divine nature, and of the relationship of God to the Jewish people. To show the sacredness of the names of God, and as a means of showing respect and reverence for them, the scribes of sacred texts used terms of reverence so as to keep the true name of God concealed. The various names of God in Judaism represent God as he is known, as well as the divine aspects which are attributed to him.The numerous names of God have been a source of debate amongst biblical scholars. Some have advanced the variety as proof that the Torah, the main scripture of Judaism, has many authors (see documentary hypothesis). It is also held that the only “name of God” in the Tanakh is Yahweh (the English rendering of YHWH), whereas words such as Elohim (God), El (mighty one), El Shaddai (almighty God), Adonai (master), El Elyon (most high God), Avinu (our Father), etc. are not names but titles, highlighting different aspects of YHWH, and the various roles which He has. This is similar to how a man may be called ‘Dad’, ‘Husband’, ‘Boss’, ‘Sir’, ‘Son’, etc, but his personal name is the only one that can be correctly identified as his name. In the Tanakh, YHWH is the personal name of the God of Israel, whereas the other words are titles which are ascribed to Him.

If we truly think about it, we have broken this commandment a lot.  At the end of all the commandments I will make my final point but for now stay with me and you’ll see the light.

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