Honoring the Name – 3rd Commandment

Honoring the Name – 3rd Commandment

Exodus 20:7


When God gave Moses His name, God was giving Moses Himself. He was giving Israel the crystalized essence of who God is. The name Yahweh is God. In the life of faith, in which sinful people cannot actually see the face of our holy God yet, God’s name shows us God. Which means how you think of the name, how you speak the name, how you use the name reveals how you see God. This command, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain,” is a command not to empty the name of God of the glory and the holiness and the splendor of who God is. The name and the God are one – indistinguishable. To live faithfully in the New Covenant, our words must matter. But the New Covenant isn’t merely about outer behavior. It’s about the heart. So to honor the name of the Lord, you must first guard your heart. If God is your treasure, if God is the One you revere and love and treasure in your heart above all things, your mouth will never empty God of His glory, His beauty, His sovereignty, the power and mysteries of His salvation. But if God is cheap in your heart, if God is empty, not weighty, in your heart and mind, your mouth will certainly spew evil. This command isn’t merely saying, “Hold your tongue.” It’s saying, “Love me – your God – with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, so that when you speak of Me or act in My name, it will all be holy.”

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