Do not take the name of the Lord God in vain—This command seems simple, but encompasses an attitude of reverence that carries down through one’s entire view of God and the relationship his chosen share with him. The creator of the universe, the warrior that freed the Israelites, the father that sacrificed his son to redeem those that were lost—deserves to be thought of and spoken of with respect.
God should never be considered the butt of a joke or the emphasis in an expletive phrase. When we use his name–it should be done as a child speaks to their father—bathed in love and respect. Imagine the impact the world would feel if God’s people treated him with the same love and respect they give to celebrities. Our prayers would be bathed in reverence and expectation. Our language would honor and glorify him. Our actions would mirror that of our Savior. We can choose each day to honor his name each time we speak it—or we can simply marginalize it and him and mirror the world culture. As his kids, we are called to be better than that—treat God and His name as the precious treasure it and He truly is!
God Bless You
“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
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.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”