FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Scripture: Exodus 20:7
Verse 7 gives us the third commandment, “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.” Many believe that this means we are not to swear or curse God. Let’s assume, however that there is a deeper meaning especially because of the warning that comes at the end of the verse. Perhaps the NIV would be a better version to meditate on. Here Exodus 20:7 says, “You must not misuse the name of the Lord you God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse His name.” The word ‘misuse’ is a key. Two other words that could be used in its place are ‘represent’ or ‘carry’ the name of the Lord. This has to do with how God’s people represent God and His name. Dennis Prager, a wise talk show host says, using God’s name in vain is, religious people committing evil in God’s name. That gives us something to think about! Let’s take another look at the end of the verse. “…For the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” In light of this stern warning how we represent and bear God’s name should be a priority. Do we bring dignity and honor to our Father and His name?