by James Merritt

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Name Dropping (3 of 10)
Series: Homeland Security
James Merritt
Exodus 20:7


1. God's Name is so important to Him that it makes the "Top Ten" of the commandments He wants his family to live by. Most every one of us here very likely have some type of an alarm system in our home. We have that because we want to make sure our homes are secure. That is why we are in the middle of a series on the Ten Commandments that I have entitled "Homeland Security." Remember that the Ten Commandments are God's rules for His family. The Ten Commandments were not given to establish a relationship with God, because the children of Israel already had a relationship with God. They had already been redeemed and relieved and freed from slavery and been made God's own people. They had already surrendered their lives to Him. The Ten Commandments were not given to establish a relationship with God; they were given to express a relationship with God.

2. These commandments were given primarily for the security of the home. The reason is very simple - if you secure the home, you secure the community. If you secure the community, you secure the city; if you secure the city you secure the state. If you secure the state, you secure the nation; thus you have Homeland Security.

3. The third commandment is -
"You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." (Exodus 20:7, NIV)
I like this translation better than the typical translation we are familiar with. It really expresses in a more accurate way just how deep this commandment is, because unfortunately this commandment has been dumbed down. The application of this commandment was always along the lines of not using God's name in anger or using God's name to damn someone and that is a part of this commandment, but there is far more to the commandment than this.

4. There is one thing we know and that is - God is deadly s ...

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