Taking God Seriously by Miles Seaborn

TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY
Miles Seaborn
Exodus 20:7

INTRO. "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord
your God!" Exodus 20:7

What's in a name? Reputation
Character
Authority

Paul Dickinson "Names" Strange and unusual names:
Magdalina Babblejack
Addine Dingdine
Rotten Earp
Joan Fluzzebonder
Beverage Moose
Bufa Umphumpa

1949 - Florida Electric Chair - Will Burn
Window washer killed - fell - Will Drop
Dan Druff - Became a barber
Plastering Contractor named - Will Crumble

There is a lot in a name when it is "His Name".

Why is God so concerned about His name?

Lord's Prayer "Hallowed by Thy name."

A name represents three things:

Reputation - making a good name for himself.

Character - bound up in name, honesty, charity,
hope (God gave new name with character change -
Abraham)

Authority - stop in the name of the law (not Bugs
Bunny) Authority behind that name.

God says when you misuse my name it is a "big deal."
You are defaming God's reputation, His character and
His authority.

Other ways to misuse God's name besides swearing.

I. WAYS GOD'S NAME CAN BE MISUSED
INSULT/INDULGE/INTIMIDATE/IMPRESS/IMPULSIVE

1. Using God's Name to insult (Most common)

Profanity or swearing to express irritation (of
cussing and cheating are crimes. Golfing should
be illegal)

ILL. Of farmer - arrived in his wagon
late. Wife - "What happened? Did the
wagon break down?" Farmer - "No, I picked
up the preacher to give him a ride and from
that point on the mules didn't understand a
word I said!"

America is the most foul-mouthed nation in the
world and becoming worse each year!

Movie - they say won't sell without profanity. G
rating and no one wants to go see it!

Books, magazines, tapes, comedians

ILL. Hell - everything compared to hell -
cold, hot, rain, dry, smart, dumb.

Why do people swear - ignorance, indifference,
etc.

2. Using God's Name to impress (Imitat ...


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