Steve Hill
Steve Hill

Steve Hill / 19 DEC 2014

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

Many of us have heard some form of this scripture since our childhood, but how many of us ever fully understood what it meant? I found Thomas Watson’s interpretation to be eye-opening, and I believe you will, too.

We take God’s name in vain when we speak slightly and irreverently of His name. We give earthly kings a title of honor such as “excellent majesty.” We should all the more speak of God with such sacred reverence as is due to the Infinite Majesty of heaven. When we speak slightly of God or His works, God interprets it to be contempt.

When we profess God’s name, but do not live answerably to it, that too is a taking His name in vain. “They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him” (Titus 1:16, NASB). When under a mask of profession, men will lie and deceive and are unclean, these make use of God’s name and abuse Him.

We take God’s name in vain when we use it in idle conversation. God is not to be spoken of but with an holy awe upon our hearts.

We take God’s name in vain when we worship Him with our lips but not our hearts. Isaiah 29:13 reads: “This people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me.”

Be careful in your daily conversation, friend. There are many ways to take the Lord’s name in vain. Be quick to repent and follow the commandment.

~ 2 Chronicles 7; 2 John 1; Habakkuk 2; Luke 21

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