by Jeff Ginn

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Don't Shame His Name (4 of 11)
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Dr. Jeffery Ginn
Exodus 20:7


Once upon a time there was a knight in shining armor. He came before the king and said, ''Sire, I have just returned from battle. I have fought valiantly in the service of your Highness. Beneath your banner and in your name I have defeated and pillaged your enemies to the west.'' ''Enemies? To the West? But I have no enemies to the West.'' ''Uh . . . you do now, my Lord.''

The knight in shining armor went out in the name of his king. However, how he lived harmed the name and fame of his king. In the same way, we take the name of God with us wherever we go. If we claim to be a Christian, we have taken the precious name of Jesus Christ with us wherever we go. What we say and how we live reflect directly on the name and fame of our king.

For that reason God has given us this third command. Exodus 20:7, ''You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.''

This morning I want you to grasp three truths from this text:
There is a strict prohibition
There is a stiff penalty
There is a special privilege


''You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.''
''Vain'' comes from a Hebrew root word that means to devastate. As a tempest devastates and leaves things desolate and in ruins, so we can take God's name in a way that is destructive.
Ways that we can wound his name
Words (3)
Blaspheme or curse (Leviticus 24:10-16)
Thoughtless singing of hymns while in college. My music teacher caught us in class the next day and raked us over the coals.
''Lordy, Lordy''
''Oh my God''
In anger ''Jesus Christ''
Broken vows

Jeremiah 34:15-16, ''Although recently you had turned and done what is right in My sight, each man proclaiming release to his neighbor, and you had made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My n ...

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