Exodus 20:7 10 Commandments prt 4 God’s name

Intro: In Matt Ch. 19 – Jesus meets an Individual known as the rich Young ruler

A) Man of Prosperity / Power & Position – Young / Integrity – Great Guy-


B) But despite His wealth – He was empty – came w/ a question – what do I need to do ……. Eternal life ?

C) This guy comes asking the right question : Jesus’ dealing w/ Him is interesting – KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS

    1. Which ones – 2nd Table – 2 Tablets

D) 2nd - 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’"£

20And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth." What do I still Lack


E) Jesus shows him the Problem – Go sell your possessions ….went away sad because he was very rich

    1. Although he did well in keeping the commandments of the 2nd Table he was erring greatly concerning the first

F) NO OTHER gods …… / His God was his money !!!!


Well we are presently – studying the commandments on the First Table

A)#1 – No other gods (

#2 – No graven images – don’t make the real god into an image

B) Tonight we come to #3 – v.7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain

Now there are 4 things that I want us to consider as it relates to not taking the name of the Lord in Vain – 4 ways/ several def. Of Vain

#1 –Vain – To Profane – Cursing

A)Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain – don’t use it in that sense Cursing

B) People do that today - / One of Satan’s Ploys – Desensitize to the Power & Potency & Majesty of God’s name

C) Ever wonder why – People don’t say – Oh Satan / Oh Devil - why they say – Oh God / Oh my God

    1. Why – People say – Jesus Christ - / Napoleon B. / John the Baptist

D) No other name under Heaven men saved – Satan has desired to tarnish & the Desensitize people about the Lord’s name

    1. If it is so common & used in such a derogatory way – people will be less prone to call upon that name to save them

E) Think - No healing in that name !!!/ NO POWER / NOT SALVATION


Satan is a master at Desensitizing man – Hell - Go to hell / or Oh hell

A)Never hear – Go to heaven / oh heaven – why - He wants people to think that Hell is a great place – Recent mag. Article

B) Parties – Galore ( Bill Gates ) -

C) Or take Premarital Sex – Ok - see it in everything ( Kids the Norm)

1) Dad to Son- 13 talk about sex – Sure what do you want to know

Or Homosexuality – 5 yrs ago – T.V. big deal – today everywhere

D) Infact – You are a happening actor or actress if you play a Homo or Les.

    1. Marriage act – ( Satan has an Agenda – Desensitize man to God will God’s way / God’s Heart – (Mean ogre – doesn’t understand )

Same is true of the Lords name – Satan has an Agenda – Trivialize the Lord’s name – ( No Big deal )

A)Yes it is a Big deal – Note – one of the only commandments w/ a Warning

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.

B) The Lord says – I am so serious about this – honoring my name – extra warning!!!!

  1. To respect a name is to respect the person who bears that name, and

our highest respect belongs to the Lord.

#2 - Swearing:

A)In the O.T. they wouldn’t even utter the name of Jehovah – used the name Adonai – use it in an oath

B) Passages like Lev. 19:12 – Strong warning – against using the Lord’s name in an Oath that you had no intention of Keeping

C) In the N.T. – Jesus took it a Step further – commentary on 10 Comm

He said Matt. 5:37 – don’t use the Lord name in an oath

James 5:12 2But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No,"

A)Don’t go around saying – I swear to God – just let your yes be yes & your no – be No !!!!!




#3 Meaning for Vain is USELESS – Don’t use the Lord’s name in a useless way

A)I think this is where we can be most guilty – we Trivialize the Lords name when we say- PTL – flippantly – don’t mean it

B) OR we say something like – THANK GOD – but we really don’t mean that we really are not thanking him – instead we are using Christianees

    1. We have our little Buzz Words

C)Another way that we use the Lord’s name in vain or useless way

When we say – Thus says the Lord – Or God told me this

    1. That happens – But some do it way too much

K.C. Fellowship/School of the prophets

A)Level 4 - Mostly wrong/ Level 3 - getting better/ Level 2 - Almost infallible Level 1 - 100% accurate

B)No other Old Testament prophet survived accept this type

C)There are thousands of believers saying "The Lord said" when He

really didn't

1) When you say: The Lord said... You better be certain

D) Because When someone says to you: The Lord told me to tell you....

What can you say to that There is no questioning it

    1. Can't pray with them about it

E) It would be much wiser to say- When I was praying I felt moved concerning…….. So Pray about it





4th way that we can be guilty of breaking this 3rd Commandment is found in the terminology

The Lord said – Don’t take the name ……….

B) Don’t take it !!!! - Don’t receive it in other words – when it is used in that way in your presence don’t take it

    1. One Christian brother was having his car Worked on – Mechanic slipped – wrench – G.D.

C) Please don’t ask God to Damn my car – I really like this car

    1. Needless to say the Mechanic never said that again

D) I have personally told people – Please don’t talk about my Lord in that

way !!!!!


But Another way that we can take it is in the Entertainment that you watch or listen to : Hard to find clean stuff – these days

A)Hard to imagine that some 50 yrs ago the nation was in an uproar over Gone w/ the wind

B) Today we have laws protecting the most vile stuff – in movies in music

    1. But we don’t have to take it – What do you mean – Turn it off / get up & walk out ( TEACH KIDS- we are leaving this is why? )

C) I wrestle w/ what parents allow their kids to watch – horrible

    1. Getting worse & worse – ( Kids to stumble – Millstone)

D) Complete ignorance or complete Apathy -

    1. Either some parents just don’t understand – the impact that stuff has which recent things like Colombine – examples

E) Some parents are Ignorant – some are – Apathetic – they just don’t care

  1. They love that stuff themselves

F) High Places : Never came down – Why they loved them !!!!!

    1. We have to search our hearts – have we become so used to the filth that is around us that we have fallen in love w/ it

Rom. 1 Paul list a group of sins – Sexual immorality – indictment against those who practice such things & those who take pleasure in them

Or as NIV – Applauds them

Are we guilty of applauding those who are taking the Lord’s name in vain by the obscenity / by their mockery – when we watch it

A)The Lord says don’t take it !!!!!! Make a stand

B) I think we need to complain – Ralph’s in L.A. - Cosmo ( My wife)

C) Joey – sixth graders



H.S. – honor & respect – Rev. for the Lord’s name

Several Places – Praise the Name of the Lord

Psa.122:4 give thanks to the name of the LORD.

Psa. 124: 8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,

Prov.18: 0 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;

Joel 2:32That whoever calls on the name of the LORD

Shall be saved.

Micah 4:5 For all people walk each in the name of his god,

But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God

Forever and ever.

Acts 9:29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists,

Col.3:17 7And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord

James 5:14 4Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.