By: Ely Lagajino
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Exodus 20:7
You don’t want your name to be mispronounced, do you? How about when you were still a kid and your playmates would call you names or make fun of your name, you didn’t feel good, did you? Our names are important, they are sacred to us. How much more the name of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? God’s holy name should be spoken with reverence (PP p.324). His name is special because it carries his character, His office, and His position as the Creator and Ruler of the Universe.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us how to pray. It must begin by honoring the name of God. “Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (Matt. 6:9).
The commandment prohibits us from using the name of God in “vain.” Vain means empty, useless, false, misuse, blasphemy. Never misuse God’s name in any way. In any careless manner, repetition, and swearing.
Using God’s name as a curse or in a foul language and inserting it in ordinary conversation to stress emotion and passion is a form of blasphemy. Substituting words for the name of God “Euphemisms” like Jee, Sus, OMG, and blaming God for the bad things in this world is blasphemy.
Apostle Paul warned us that our wrong actions could insult God’s name. (Romans 2:24) The “Lord will not hold him guiltless “for anyone who knows he has broken this commandment.
We should respect his name and use it reverently. Speak it in praise or worship rather than in profanity.
The first commandment inspires us to love God and place Him in the center of our life. The second explains what that means. Now the third commandment considers the first two and says to us, are we going to honor His name and His character?