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Commandment Three

10 Commands Today  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  30:20
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1 - You shall make no idols. (last week)
2- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. (this week)
3 - Keep the Sabbath day holy. (next week)
Commandment three, to take the Lord’s name in vain, means to speak, like in an oath, something for a worthless purpose or deceitfully.
The commandment prohibits perjury and wrongly attributing things to the character of motive of God.
Think of somebody that deceptively uses God, invokes His Name, in order to do something dishonest.
In addition, this commandment ban using God’s Name in magic, irreverently, or disrespectfully.
Think how evil the common use of the phrase, “Oh, my God!” Or someone simply saying, “Dear Lord!” When startled.
While profane use is obvious, all wrong use of the Lord’s name is qualified by this commandment as equally evil.
God demands we observe His holy attributes not limited to solely His name.
Exodus 20:7 CSB
Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses his name.
It is said, “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.”
What’s on the inside of a person comes out in their words.
Jesus said:
Matthew 12:34 CSB
Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
How somebody uses the Name of God will show you the truth about their character.

Misuse of His Name

3 ways we misuse His Name
Profane, frivolous, and hypocritically use of God’s name are all forbidden by the third commandment.

using God’s Name in a profane way

Profane use of God’s name happens, perhaps, more than any other evil misuse.
It displays and empty head and heart. It is the language of the fool and one God will defiantly address:
Exodus 20:7 CSB
Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses his name.
What does it say about the person who sins in this way?
It says this person is contemptuous.
They use the wonderful name of God, our holy Savior, as the place to dump putrid trash.
This person shows they are arrogant and rebellious against God.
Feeblemindedness is the next mark on this evil person.
Outright profanity we agree is wrong, but is the a less obvous way to break this commandment?
Sometimes I hear people use words like, “golly, gee whiz, and gosh darn, heck, and the such.”
According to Webster’s all those uses are substitutes for profanity.
Too many words in anyone’s vocabulary to explain away the choice to use profane ones.
Then there is hate. Haters curse people.
Ironically, the one who damns someone in God’s name actually damns themselves by breaking this commandment.
TRANS - Contemptuous, rebelliousness, corruptness, feeblemindedness, and hatefulness accompany the use of God’s Name in a profane way.
Then we see God’s name used in anther way:

using God’s name in a frivolous way

We considered how people use God’s name profanely, how about frivolously?
Humor is a great thing. I love to tell and hear funny stories. The Bible even references humor:
Proverbs 17:22 CSB
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
I use humor to illustrate things in my sermons, people at ease when first meeting, and when I speak to a new group of people.
Like any figure or speech or way of communicating, humor is a useful tool.
When pointlessly used, humor about God without properly referencing His Deity is frivolous.
Another way this commandment is broken is by vain repetitions.
Do you recall what Jesus says about this sort of misuse of God’s name:
Matthew 6:7 CSB
When you pray, don’t babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.
Perhaps you’ve heard the many times someone says “Lord, Father,” or “God” when they pray?
Jesus says “don’t pray that way.” Start and end a prayer in His name and leave it at that.
TRANS - Profane and frivolous use, lastly we have hypocritical use of God’s name.

using God’s name in a hypocritical way

This sin uses God’s name in a way that invokes God but not truthfully and righteously.
The OT prophet once noted:
Isaiah 48:1 CSB
“Listen to this, house of Jacob— those who are called by the name Israel and have descended from Judah, who swear by the name of the Lord and declare the God of Israel, but not in truth or righteousness.
The people swore by God’s name. The people said His Name, but were not being honest.
How is this hypocrisy? When someone uses God’s name is a false confession, false prayer, false praise they worship as Jesus says:
Matthew 15:9 CSB
They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands.”
TRANS - We’ve talked about the misuse of God’s name, what not to do.
Let’s flip this to see what God is telling us we must do.

Magnification of His Name

Naming a baby is often a very intensive study of lists of names, consideration of how the name sounds, examination of possible nicknames, and even what the initials might spell.
Each of us was given a name. We didn’t choose our name. Naming a baby is the parent’s God-given first parental act of authority.
Not so with God. God was never named by someone.
God tells us who He is. He has His own naming right and this is a sign of His sovereign authority.
Did you notice the shift to third person when God gives us this third commandment?
Instead of “my name” God says “the name” in this commandment.
In this way, God calls special attention to His special name, Yahweh, or Lord.
The for letters YHWH literally means “I am who I am” or “I will be who I will be.”
It tells us of God’s self-existence, self-sufficiency, and supreme sovereignty.
For Hebrews, God’s name is a reference to the essence of God’s divine being.
The Psalmist speaks of God’s name this way:
Psalm 8:1a CSB
Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with your majesty.
TRANS - How magnificent. Let’s look at this three ways.
See it in the:

Saved by Him

Use God’s name victoriously, “I’m saved by Jesus!”
Matthew 1:21 CSB
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Jesus name is powerful unto salvation:
Acts 4:12 CSB
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”
Ill - Do you know the name Scofield? Ever hear of the Scofield Bible?
Let me tell you his conversion story. Dr. C. I. Scofield was a lawyer. A client once asked him why he was not a Christian. Scofield noted that he like to drink and he knew the Bible says no “drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of heaven.”
The client said he’d not asked about Scofield’s drinking problem, but why he was not a Christian. Scofield said he didn’t think he’d ever really met a Christian. The client went on to open the Bible and explain all about the calling on the name of Jesus.
This intelligent Dr. Scofield understood the plan of salvation, got on his knees, and prayed calling on the name of Jesus and was saved.
Scofield put down the drink that day and went on to become the editor of the Scofield Bible.
Scofield took God’s name victoriously and was saved!

Serve with Him

Do you do what you do in the name of the Lord?
That is what the Bible teaches:
Colossians 3:17 CSB
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Then there is that verse in John’s gospel:
John 16:24 CSB
Until now you have asked for nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
What is God saying to do with His name?

Serve with His Authority

When you serve, live in the name of Jesus, live with His authority.
Work in the yard, clean in the house, go out to eat dinner, or drive your car, do it in the name of Jesus.
When you pray, you do it in the name of Jesus. It’s not just that last bit, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” No, before you start, as you go, and even when you’ve finished do all you do in Jesus’ name.

Seek His Approval

Serve with His authority and for his approval.
You hear my name and you think of my character. So, a name stands for character.
When I do something in the authority of Jesus’ name, God can say, “I am pleased with that.”
That is keeping in step with the character of God, paying proper respect to His Name by how I serve.
When people listen to a sermon to hear what a preacher says in order to say, “I’ll listen and then consider what he says,” they assume a preacher is bringing a message by his authority and not by God’s authority.
I am an ambassador for Christ. I don’t speak on my own authority, but the authority of God’s Word which is the Bible.
Jesus gave us this commandment:
Matthew 28:19–20 CSB
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
So see, its not just preachers. Jesus gives His authority to every believer.
You and I live to serve God in the name of Jesus. That’s what it means to use His Name properly.
When I’m done preaching I don’t want people to say, “Good job,” or “Great message.” I want you to say, “Jesus saves,” and “Great is our Lord Jesus.”
TRANS - Saved, serving, and next secured in His Name.

Secured in Him

There is no such thing as second salvation. There is no second blessing taught in Scripture.
The message of the Bible is saved by Jesus, serving Jesus, and secured in Jesus.
Consider a proverb:
Proverbs 18:10 CSB
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.
We have security in Jesus’ name.
TRANS - Let’s wrap up our time.


Are you using God’s vainly or victoriously?
So you abuse or use His Name?
Are you saved by Jesus?
Have you trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Do you pray with the authority of His Name?
Do you serve in the power of Jesus?
To you trust Jesus to keep you from evil?
The Bible tells us this:
Philippians 2:10–11 CSB
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— in heaven and on earth and under the earth— and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Again, have you taken the Name of Jesus vainly or in victory?
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