2Exodus 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.
3Commandments Worship The Right God Worship The Right God in the Right WayHonoring God in the way we treat His Name
4The Command“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain,”
5The Command “take”: carry or to bear or to lift up It carries with the idea to verbalize one's allegiancelifting or carrying something on your lips“vain”: with no purpose, void, empty or with evil intent
6The CommandDon’t take the name of God on your lips in such a way that it will be without purpose or evil intent.It should always have meaning.
7The Consequence“for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
8Name: Synonymous with one’s character, reputation, and authority. God’s name reveals His essence.Summary: We are to take God’s name seriously.
9Genesis 4:26To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.
10Proverbs 18:10“The name of the LORD is a strong tower”
11Names of God Jehovah-Olam – The Everlasting God Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord is PeaceJehovah-Jireh – The Lord Will See & the Lord Will ProvideJehovah- Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness
12Names of God Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord My Healer Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is There.Jehovah-Elyon – The Lord God Most HighJehovah-Nissi – The Lord My BannerJehovah-Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts
13Rom 10:13"everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14Isaiah 9:6 and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
15John 16:23…Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
16Our use of God’s name in word, in thought, or deed will reflect our view of God and our relationship to Him.
17How do we use God’s name in vain? In taking oaths we do not keep – perjury
18Deuteronomy 6:13It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.
19Deuteronomy 10: 20You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.
20“It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath” -Aeschylus
21Matthew 5:33-3733 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
22Leviticus 19:12You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
23Psalm 15:4…but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change
24Exodus 20:7b“for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
25Numbers 30:2If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
26How do we use God’s name in vain? In taking oaths we do not keep – perjuryIn our attempts to use God for personal gain – pretense
27Isaiah 29:13 And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouthand honor me with their lips,while their hearts are far from me,and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,.
28How do we use God’s name in vain? In taking oaths we do not keep – perjuryIn our attempts to use God for personal gain – pretenseIn our everyday irreverent conversation - profanity
29Matthew 12:36-37I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
30Three levels of profanity Casualness with God’s name.Contempt for God’s nameCursing of God’s name
31Why do otherwise intelligent people profane God’s name? They are spiritually uninformedThey are spiritually undisciplinedThey are spiritually dead