In writing blogs about The Ten Commandments I’m up to the third commandment from 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.”
I don’t think I comprehend the name of Jesus, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit as God does. There’s power in the name of Jesus.
Jesus said to His disciples in John 14: 13,14: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (NKJV)
I helped in Children’s Church a few weeks back and we spoke of this commandment. I said, “What if every time someone got mad they screamed your name out in anger? How would that make you feel?”
To take it even further, if you could possibly imagine that you are the God of everything and everybody and you hear it when thoughts and utterances of your name comes up as derogatory cuss words, over and over again. How would you feel?
A perfect God, a righteous God deserves honor and respect.
On Christian radio yesterday I heard a fleeting comment by Pastor James McDonald referencing a past teaching. He said if we bear Jesus’ name inaccurately that’s taking His name in vain.
I’m writing a Young Adult novel and I had it critiqued last summer. My character said, “Oh, Lord!”
The editor posed the question, “Is this a prayer or is she taking the Lord’s name in vain?”
I was startled. Do I take the Lord’s name in vain – casually tossing it around?
In Proverbs, verse 18:10 (NKJV), it says, “The name of the Lord is a strongtower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
“Help me to understand Your name and know You better, I ask Lord, in the name of Jesus, Amen.”
May God bless you!