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Exodus 20:7

By Jim Rast

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY LOGO“Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless.”
It was about three years ago that I came to a deeper understanding of this Commandment. I had always thought it was about cussing as using God’s name to damn something to destruction. I cussed a lot but, I was always a little uncomfortable using the phrase with the name of God. This way is using God’s name in vain most assuredly. In a sense, you are commanding God to do what you can not do as if you had the power to command Him what to do. Foolish.
There are other ways the third Commandment is broken. I will give some illustrations for it is easier than to try put into a description.
1. You are in church and they are trying to raise funds for a building project. You stand up and say, “The wife and I will give so and so amount”; then you do not give it. This is close to Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1. The bigger part of this kind of sin is the standing up and proclaiming what you will do before others to impress them. Not to be able to pay your vow is not as bad, things happen; maybe you have just failed to count the costs. Desiring to be admired by others is worse. These two people, in this example, have used the work for the Lord for their own vanity.
2. Write articles in the paper to impress others, is using the Lord’s name in vain. The key here is to write the truth even if others get offended. It is good to try to be careful and to try not to offend. Do not think too highly of yourself is the key of not sinning in this kind of work.
3. Preachers, please do not be offended at me, do not preach for profit or praise. If seeking acclimates of your peers, benefits, perks and higher pay are your motivations to preach; you are taking the Lord’s name in vain. If this offends you, it is not I.
4. Do not be overly righteous or overly wise. Proverbs 7:16 The overly righteous use the Lord’s name in vain. They desire their own glory through the admiration of others. The overly wise are in love with themselves. Both are self-lovers in different ways and are breaking the third Commandment.
5. Do not do good works for the Lord thinking that the Lord is obligated to owe you anything. This is probably the most committed offense. We see many religions in our world, all have a reward system. Some speak in specifics as, if you do this god will give you so many of these. Keeping the Law of God (The Ten Commandments) will give you rewards but, they have to be kept in the right sense. The difference in keeping the Ten Commandments as other religions in keeping their laws, is you keep the The Ten Commandments out of desire to please God (as the others try to please their god, also) but, you do it out of love not expecting anything just desiring to know that it pleased Him. Love expects no rewards just desires love in return. If you expect rewards you are not working out of love for your god but for yourself.  The concept of love is built into the Ten Commandments. Your laws should not have you to receive rewards at the cost to someone else. There is no love in that except self.
The Ten Commandments are laws of love. First four are your love for God and the fifth is the love for father and mother. The next five Commandments deal with your love for your fellowman. The first five of the Commandments are “do” laws and the next five laws are the “do not” laws.
Anyone who avoids, shuns, denies or ignores the Ten Commandments is a self-lover and the love for God is not in him. This is why our country has turned from God. We know Him not. For, the Ten Commandments are our school master. Galatians 3:24-25. We have pushed them out of our country. We cannot know His ways or what He wants unless we learn them and we learn His ways and wants through the Ten Commandments. Then we know Him. And after we know Him, we learn and know ourselves. This brings repentance and that brings salvation.
Have I spoken of Christ in this? Yes. Look up I John 1:1 and I John 1:14. Are not the Ten Commandments in the Word and were they not written by the finger of God, Himself? “And the Word became flesh”, is this not Jesus? Are the Ten Commandments apart of Christ? You avoid the Ten Commandments you are avoiding a part of Christ.
I choose to try to keep the Law given through Moses to the sons of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
Choose you this day whose law you will be yours.
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