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-
JESUS LOVED HIM
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
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
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
D)No other name under Heaven men saved – Satan has desired to tarnish & the Desensitize people about the Lord’s name
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.
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!!!!
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 5:122But 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
C)Another way that we use the Lord’s name invain or useless way
When we say –Thus says the Lord – Or God told me this
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
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
E) It would be muchwiser 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
C)Please don’t ask God to Damn my car – I really like this car
D) I have personally told people – Please don’t talk about my Lord in that
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
C)I wrestle w/ what parents allow their kids to watch – horrible
D)Complete ignorance or complete Apathy -
E) Some parents are Ignorant – some are – Apathetic – they just don’t care
F)High Places : Never came down – Why they loved them !!!!!
Rom. 1 Paul list a group of sins – Sexual immorality – indictment against those who practice such things & those who takepleasure 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.122:4give 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 4:5For 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.