Monday, October 27, 2008

Misusing God's Name

"You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God,..." (Ex 20:7). More literally this verse says, "You shall not lift up the name of the Lord your God for nothingness." In the third commandment God forbids the the misuse of His holy name. More specifically we are not to use His name in a vain, empty, or meaningless way. In other words, to speak God's name or to speak about God in a thoughtless, careless, or flippant way is to violate the third commandment. God's name speaks of His very essence. It is holy and sacred. To dishonor God's name in any way is to denigrate his holiness. It is a way of saying that God is worthless.

Just a Thought!