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Never Take God Lightly (3 of 10)
Series: The Demand of Command
January 30, 1994
What does it really mean to take the name of the Lord in "vain"? Most of us automatically think of bad language, profanity, cursing and swearing. We think of filthy language using the names of the Lord in conjunction with a fit of temper. Certainly this is a part of the prohibitions of Commandment No. 3; yet, this is not the full essence of what God was communicating.
"Vain" actually means empty, groundless, frivolous and insincere. In essence, this command forbids the unjustified use of God's name. Thus, profanity does violate this command, but so do other less apparent actions.
Elton Trueblood was right when he said this is a warning against taking God lightly. It is when we fail to take God seriously. It is a subtle form of atheism. We do not deny God, but we live our lives as if God does not matter.
I. The person behind the name.
A. The name reveals His reputation.
Proverbs teaches that "A good name is more desirable than riches." A good name has more value than money.
B. The name reveals His character.
"Call His name Jesus."
It means Saviour.
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