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  • The Third Commandment

    Let's examine Exodus 20:7 for it says, " Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; For the Lord will hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain."

    We've all been present when someone has used the word God in a profane manner and maybe even corrected the person who said it with, "DON'T SAY GOD'S NAME IN VANE, or some such but is that all there is to this verse?
    Actually, there is so much more to it which ties in with many other verses in the Bible concerning our position with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit!

    As is my custom, I am bringing the question in hopes of finding some thoughtful and studious Christians who might give some insight to a very important but oft times nearly forgotten verse, and will offer up my own renderings in the near future.
    What say you young and older theologians? Are you ready to find yet another defining part of who you really are?
    Write then my brothers and sisters.......write!!

    God Bless and have some fun today!!! Bobby

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    Westminster Larger Catechism

    Q. 111. Which is the third commandment?

    A. The third commandment is, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.[560]

    Q. 112. What is required in the third commandment?

    A. The third commandment requires, That the name of God, his titles, attributes,[561] ordinances,[562] the Word,[563] sacraments,[564] prayer,[565] oaths,[566] vows,[567] lots,[568] his works,[569] and whatsoever else there is whereby he makes himself known, be holily and reverently used in thought,[570] meditation,[571] word,[572] and writing;[573] by an holy profession,[574] and answerable conversation,[575] to the glory of God,[576] and the good of ourselves,[577] and others.[578].

    Q. 113. What are the sins forbidden in the third commandment?

    A. The sins forbidden in the third commandment are, the not using of God’s name as is required;[579] and the abuse of it in an ignorant,[580] vain,[581] irreverent, profane,[582] superstitious[583] or wicked mentioning or otherwise using his titles, attributes,[584] ordinances,[585] or works,[586] by blasphemy,[587] perjury;[588] all sinful cursings,[589] oaths,[590] vows,[591] and lots;[592] violating of our oaths and vows, if lawful;[593] and fulfilling them, if of things unlawful;[594] murmuring and quarrelling at,[595] curious prying into,[596] and misapplying of God’s decrees[597] and providences;[598] misinterpreting,[599] misapplying,[600] or any way perverting the Word, or any part of it;[601] to profane jests,[602] curious or unprofitable questions, vain janglings, or the maintaining of false doctrines;[603] abusing it, the creatures, or anything contained under the name of God, to charms,[604] or sinful lusts and practices;[605] the maligning,[606] scorning,[607] reviling,[608] or any wise opposing of God’s truth, grace, and ways;[609] making profession of religion in hypocrisy, or for sinister ends;[610] being ashamed of it,[611] or a shame to it, by unconformable,[612] unwise,[613] unfruitful,[614] and offensive walking,[615] or backsliding from it.[616].

    Q. 114. What reasons are annexed to the third commandment?

    A. The reasons annexed to the third commandment, in these words, The Lord thy God, and, For the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain,[617] are, because he is the Lord and our God, therefore his name is not to be profaned, or any way abused by us;[618] especially because he will be so far from acquitting and sparing the transgressors of this commandment, as that he will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgment;[619] albeit many such escape the censures and punishments of men.[620]
    • [561] Matthew 11:9. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. Deuteronomy 28:58. If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD. Psalm 29:2. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 68:4. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. Revelation 15:3-4. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
    • [562] Malachi 1:14. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen. Ecclesiastes 5:1. Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
    • [563] Psalm 138:2. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
    • [564] 1 Corinthians 11:24-25, 28-29. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.... But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
    • [565] 1 Timothy 2:8. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
    • [566] Jeremiah 4:2. And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
    • [567] Ecclesiastes 5:2, 4-6. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.... When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
    • [568] Acts 1:24, 26. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen.... And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
    • [569] Job 36:24. Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
    • [570] Malachi 3:16. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
    • [571] Psalm 8:1, 3-4, 9. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.... When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?... O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
    • [572] Colossians 3:17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Psalm 105:2, 5. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.... Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth.
    • [573] Psalm 102:18. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
    • [574] 1 Peter 3:15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. Micah 4:5. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
    • [575] Philippians 1:27. Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
    • [576] 1 Corinthians 10:31. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
    • [577] Jeremiah 32:39. And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.
    • [578] 1 Peter 2:12. Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
    • [579] Malachi 2:2. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
    • [580] Acts 17:23. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
    • [581] Proverbs 30:9. Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
    • [582] Malachi 1:6-7, 12. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.... But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Malachi 3:14. Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?
    • [583] 1 Samuel 4:3-5. And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies. So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. Jeremiah 7:4, 9-10, 14, 31. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.... Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?... Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.... And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. Colossians 2:20-22. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
    • [584] 2 Kings 18:30, 35. Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.... Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand? Exodus 5:2. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. Psalm 139:20. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
    • [585] Psalm 50:16-17. But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
    • [586] Isaiah 5:12. And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
    • [587] 2 Kings 19:22. Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. Leviticus 24:11. And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)
    • [588] Zechariah 5:4. I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof. Zechariah 8:17. And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.
    • [589] 1 Samuel 17:43. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 2 Samuel 16:5. And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
    • [590] Jeremiah 5:7. How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. Jeremiah 23:10. For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
    • [591] Deuteronomy 23:18. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Acts 23:12, 14. And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.... And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
    • [592] Esther 3:7. In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. Esther 9:24. Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them. Psalm 22:18. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
    • [593] Psalm 24:4. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. Ezekiel 17:16, 18-19. As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.... Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.
    • [594] Mark 6:26. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. 1 Samuel 25:22, 32-34. So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall..... And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
    • [595] Romans 9:14, 19-20. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.... Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
    • [596] Deuteronomy 29:29. The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
    • [597] Romans 3:5, 7. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man).... For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? Romans 6:1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    • [598] Ecclesiastes 8:11. Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Ecclesiastes 9:3. This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. Psalm 39. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue, etc.
    • [599] Matthew 5:21-22. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire, etc. to the end of the chapter.
    • [600] Ezekiel 13:22. Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.
    • [601] 2 Peter 3:16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Matthew 22:24-31. Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying. Matthew 25:28-30. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    • [602] Isaiah 22:13. And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die. Jeremiah 23:34, 36, 38. And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house..... And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more: for every man's word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.... But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD.
    • [603] 1 Timothy 1:4, 6-7. Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.... From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 1 Timothy 6:4-5, 20. He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.... O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called. 2 Timothy 2:14. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Titus 3:9. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
    • [604] Deuteronomy 18:10-14. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD, etc. Acts 19:13. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
    • [605] 2 Timothy 4:3-4. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Romans 13:13-14. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 1 Kings 21:9-10. And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. Jude 4. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • [606] Acts 13:45. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 1 John 3:12. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
    • [607] Psalm 1:1. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 Peter 3:3. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.
    • [608] 1 Peter 4:4. Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.
    • [609] Acts 13:45-46, 50. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.... But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. Acts 4:18. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. Acts 19:9. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. 1 Thessalonians 2:16. Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. Hebrews 10:29. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
    • [610] 2 Timothy 3:5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Matthew 23:14. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Matthew 6:1-2, 5, 16. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.... And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.... Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
    • [611] Mark 8:38. Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
    • [612] Psalm 73:14-15. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
    • [613] 1 Corinthians 6:5-6. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Ephesians 5:15-17. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
    • [614] Isaiah 5:4. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 2 Peter 1:8-9. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
    • [615] Romans 2:23-24. Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
    • [616] Galatians 3:1, 3. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?... Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Hebrews 6:6. If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

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    • #3
      Ah ha! I told my wife you were a Westminister Pres and not one of the slackers!!
      An Extremely fine bit of research William! My hat is indeed off to you! You certainly haven't left many rocks left unturned but now, just for the sake of promoting an even better expository, what one word would we deem as the most important in the 3rd commandment?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bobby Cole View Post
        An Extremely fine bit of research William! My hat is indeed off to you! You certainly haven't left many rocks left unturned but now, just for the sake of promoting an even better expository, what one word would we deem as the most important in the 3rd commandment?
        Immediately, two words come to mind, "God" and "vain", in contrast we are to carry the name of God in an honorable manner. The name of God is to be carried amongst us as the Levites lifted up and carried the Ark of the Covenant. Dared anyone even touch the Ark of the Covenant inappropriately? In our Christian life, the Lord's name should be carried not only honorably in speech but also in thoughts and deeds.

        God bless,
        William
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        • #5
          I see that we are both in the same church and the same pew but there's just a bit of space between where we are seated.
          I do like the idea that you have chosen "God and Vain" for they are what the verse is pointed toward, directly after the word.......take.

          I find it amusing when people attempt to portray the verse as *saying* the Lords name in vain rather than *taking* the Lord's name in vain. To me it is a show as to where most people are at when it comes to their knowledge of the position they might have with the Father.

          One of focal points I'd like to peruse is written in John 1:12, "For as many as received him to them gave He the power to become sons of God; even to those who believe upon His name".
          This power,........to become sons of God is a crucial point especially when we go back to Exodus 20:7 and find the word Take.
          Just as a person who adopts a child gives their name to that child, or a groom gives his name to his bride it is the child or the bride who "takes" that name that was given to them.
          And......Just as it would be a terrible thing for the adopted child or the bride of the groom to misrepresent, cause damage, or treat that name as nothing (in vain) that was so lovingly given them, so it is with the Father.

          When we take the Lord's name in vain we are treating the name that was given us, the adopted sons and daughters of God and the bride of Christ, as if it meant nothing at all and their is no honor in it thereby showing dishonor to God the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
          It's pretty easy to see why He might get a bit uh..........upset......

          Now, that's kind of the short version of it but hopefully it makes a simple point that can be built upon.

          God Bless...........Bobby
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bobby Cole View Post
            Let's examine Exodus 20:7 for it says, " Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; For the Lord will hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain."

            We've all been present when someone has used the word God in a profane manner and maybe even corrected the person who said it with, "DON'T SAY GOD'S NAME IN VANE, or some such but is that all there is to this verse?
            Actually, there is so much more to it which ties in with many other verses in the Bible concerning our position with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit!

            As is my custom, I am bringing the question in hopes of finding some thoughtful and studious Christians who might give some insight to a very important but oft times nearly forgotten verse, and will offer up my own renderings in the near future.
            What say you young and older theologians? Are you ready to find yet another defining part of who you really are?
            Write then my brothers and sisters.......write!!

            God Bless and have some fun today!!! Bobby
            My POV-

            Every commandment has both positive and negative portions. Luther put it this way (we number the commandments the older way)

            THE SECOND COMMANDMENT.

            Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.

            What is meant by this Commandment?

            Ans. We should so fear and love God as not to curse, swear, conjure, lie, or deceive, by His Name, but call upon Him in every time of need, and worship Him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

            An further explanation of this follows thus: (From J. Stump's explanation)

            THE NAME OF GOD. [Ps. 111:9, Mal. 2:2, Rev. 15:4] A name is that by which we know a person. God's name means all by which He is known to us; hence not only the words God, Lord, Jehovah, Jesus Christ, the Almighty, the Eternal, the Omniscient One, etc., but the Word of God and the Sacraments, and all holy things.

            This Commandment forbids the wrong use, and commands the right use of God's holy name.

            I. WHAT IS FORBIDDEN.

            TAKING GOD'S NAME IN VAIN:

            1. Thoughtlessly. God's name is taken in vain thoughtlessly by using it as an exclamation in our conversation, by reading or hearing God's Word without devotion, jesting about sacred things, quoting Scripture in fun, and the like. Thoughtlessness is no excuse. We must give an account to God for every idle word; [Matt. 12:36+] how much more for every vain use of His name.

            2. Intentionally. This is done by those who:

            CURSE; [Jas. 3:9, 10, Matt. 5:44, Rom. 12:14+] that is, by those who call on God to do evil to themselves or to others. Disguised forms of cursing are sinful also.

            SWEAR. We are forbidden to confirm what we say by the use of God's name, either

            Needlessly [Matt. 5:34-37+] in our ordinary conversation, or

            Falsely [Lev. 19:12+] before a magistrate.

            There is a Legal Oath: [Deut. 6:13, Heb. 5:16] 1. Of Witness. 2. Of Innocence. 3. Of Allegiance, 4. Of Office. The oath taken by our Lord before the high-priest shows that the oath before a magistrate is not forbidden. [Matt. 26:63, 64] When taking a legal oath, we must be careful to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. False swearing or perjury is a great sin. It is punished by the State, and will be punished by God. [Ezek. 17:19]

            Swearing by anything besides God's name is forbidden also. [Matt. 5:34-37+]

            CONJURE. [Deut. 18:10-12+] This commandment forbids all magic arts, witchcraft, sorcery, pow-wowing, fortune-telling, and all attempts by signs or formulas to discover what God has kept hidden or to attain what He has withheld. If results are obtained by such means, e.g., by pow-wowing, that is no justification for their use. [Matt. 16:26] If we desire to obtain help through the use of God's name, we must pray and not conjure.

            LIE. The eighth commandment forbids lying in general; this commandment forbids lying by God's name. It is broken by those who teach falsehood and error and yet declare that they are teaching God's Word. [Gal. 1:8]

            DECEIVE BY HIS NAME. This is done by those who assume Christ's name by calling themselves Christians, and yet are hypocrites, and use religion as a cloak. [II Tim. 3:5+, Matt. 15:8]

            Sins against this Second Commandment are common, but not small sins. God will not hold him guiltless who commits them.

            II. WHAT IS COMMANDED.

            We should

            CALL UPON HIM. God has given us His name so that we might call upon Him for His help and grace. [Ps. 145:18+]

            IN EVERY TIME OF NEED. We should call upon God in every time of trouble, danger or distress. [Ps. 50:15+] But if we call upon God only in times of special need, and do not call upon His name at other times also, we are not keeping this commandment.

            AND WORSHIP HIM [Col. 3:16] in our hearts, in our homes and in church,

            WITH PRAYER [Matt. 7:7+] for ourselves and for others, [I Tim. 2:1, 2]

            PRAISE [Ps. 145:1] for His majesty and glory and wonderful works,

            AND THANKSGIVING for temporal and spiritual blessings. [Ps. 106:1+]


            SCRIPTURE VERSES.—Matt. 12:36. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

            Rom. 12:14. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

            Matt. 5:34-37. But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

            Lev. 19:12. Ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

            Deut. 18:10-12. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

            II Tim. 3:5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

            Matt. 15:8. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.

            Ps. 143:18. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

            Ps. 50:15. Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and then shalt glorify me.

            Matt. 7:7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

            Ps. 106:1. Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.

            READING.—Balaam, Numb. 22; Herod's Oath, Matt. 14:1-12; Saul and the Witch at Endor, I Sam. 28.

            ILLUSTRATIONS.—Cursing: Job 3:1-7. Shimei, II Sam. 16:5-14. Swearing: Herod; Peter, Matt. 26:89-75. Conjuring: Saul at Endor; Bar-jesus, Acts 13:1-12. Lying and Deceiving: The Pharisees, Matt. 23:13-38. Calling on God's Name: Jesus, Matt. 26:39-44; John 17: Jacob, Gen. 32:9-12; The First Christians, Acts 2:42.




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            • #7
              Another absolutely marvelous expository of the verse @RevT!! But, it wouldn't be fair would it if I didn't propose the same challenge to you that William was asked to provide and answered with his usual wonderful assessment.

              In the light that there are so many obvious confusions regarding thousands of verses in the Bible, there are times when if a pivoting word or words can be accurately and simply explained then all confusion comes to a halt. Sometimes the confusion comes with a misunderstanding of a particular culture and / or practice or bias or sometimes it's just a misunderstanding of a single word so the question I ask is this:
              "what word or words would you deem as the most important in this verse in order that your expository might be more complete"?

              Granted, William has offered up his thoughts and I have also added a very simple version of mine but you might have still another outlook which I know will be a positive piece of input.

              God Bless.............Bobby
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bobby Cole View Post
                Another absolutely marvelous expository of the verse @RevT!! But, it wouldn't be fair would it if I didn't propose the same challenge to you that William was asked to provide and answered with his usual wonderful assessment.

                In the light that there are so many obvious confusions regarding thousands of verses in the Bible, there are times when if a pivoting word or words can be accurately and simply explained then all confusion comes to a halt. Sometimes the confusion comes with a misunderstanding of a particular culture and / or practice or bias or sometimes it's just a misunderstanding of a single word so the question I ask is this:
                "what word or words would you deem as the most important in this verse in order that your expository might be more complete"?

                Granted, William has offered up his thoughts and I have also added a very simple version of mine but you might have still another outlook which I know will be a positive piece of input.

                God Bless.............Bobby
                Well, every word is important, but for fun, I guess to me the most important word in any commandment is "thou". That way you know who it's giving the commandment to- you. So no way of passing the buck.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RevT View Post

                  Well, every word is important, but for fun, I guess to me the most important word in any commandment is "thou". That way you know who it's giving the commandment to- you. So no way of passing the buck.
                  Wow! And all this time I thought that "thou" was referring to everyone else BUT me! Just kidding!!
                  That figurative finger of "thou and you" always makes things a little bit more personal doesn't it?
                  And yes indeed, every word is important for "man cannot live by bread alone but by Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father".
                  Mat 4:4. and yes, "thou" would be considered a pivotal point in it's referencing.

                  My favorite YOU of all time would be when the Angels appeared to the shepherds in Luke 2:11: " For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, which is Christ the Lord. ".
                  Imagine, a Savior was born just for Me, a nobody, a sinner, but he was still born for me! To me, there is nothing more humbling than a Christ who was born just for me ......................but was crucified for me also............

                  I see that only 3 of us are the only ones wading into the water here but the hope is that a couple of the younger ones in Christ might use the examples we have set as a working tool in which to build their own expositories on much more confusing parts of scripture.
                  The other side of the coin might also be that someone might just come to an understanding of who they really are and why Exodus 20:7, an extremely simple but highly misunderstood verse is so vitally important for one striving to be more Christ like.

                  God Bless.........Bobby

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by William View Post
                    Westminster Larger Catechism


                    Q. 112. What is required in the third commandment?

                    A. The third commandment requires, That the name of God, his titles, attributes,[561] ordinances,[562] the Word,[563] sacraments...
                    While reading this post, the word "sacraments" stuck out to me. A few weeks ago, two junior-high boys sat in front of me during the church service. The whole time they were jabbing each other, giggling, and whispering. During the worship music, they mouthed the words in exaggerated fashion and made faces.

                    Then we got to communion, and their behavior was sickening. While they waited to partake with the congregation, they stuck their tongues into the cup and pretended to gag on the taste. One held it in two fingers and pretended to smoke with it. The other held the cracker on his tongue, sticking out, waiting for the pastor to say "let us partake."

                    When they did, they stuck their tongues into the empty cups and showed each other. They exaggeratedly chomped on their crackers and made eyes at each other.

                    You can believe that after the service I grabbed them both and gave them a STERN talking to about both distracting people trying to worship and learn, and "eating and drinking judgment on oneself." Am I too young to say "kids these days?" (I'm 29.)

                    Anyway, this answer in the Westminster Catechism beautifully shows that the name of "God" isn't simply three letters that have been attached together
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by listener1987 View Post

                      While reading this post, the word "sacraments" stuck out to me. A few weeks ago, two junior-high boys sat in front of me during the church service. The whole time they were jabbing each other, giggling, and whispering. During the worship music, they mouthed the words in exaggerated fashion and made faces.

                      Then we got to communion, and their behavior was sickening. While they waited to partake with the congregation, they stuck their tongues into the cup and pretended to gag on the taste. One held it in two fingers and pretended to smoke with it. The other held the cracker on his tongue, sticking out, waiting for the pastor to say "let us partake."

                      When they did, they stuck their tongues into the empty cups and showed each other. They exaggeratedly chomped on their crackers and made eyes at each other.

                      You can believe that after the service I grabbed them both and gave them a STERN talking to about both distracting people trying to worship and learn, and "eating and drinking judgment on oneself." Am I too young to say "kids these days?" (I'm 29.)

                      Anyway, this answer in the Westminster Catechism beautifully shows that the name of "God" isn't simply three letters that have been attached together
                      It is wonderful that you took the initiative to speak to the teens but pray tell, did anyone speak to the parents and / or the youth pastor? Church protocol and respect should be taught at home but if all else fails I have been known to stop a service and bring rowdy children (or adults) under heavy scrutiny of the rest of the congregation. I have several messages set aside just for that purpose and switching gears is not beyond the capability of a good pastor or speaker. It all comes under the heading of "meeting the needs of the congregation".

                      The tenets of Holy Communion have obviously been slid over as just another happening and just another church service when in fact it should be the most somber and reflective moment in the life of a Christian.
                      Other than the above, if the size of the congregation warrants it, I am in full favor of having a youth church up through the ages of 14 and even 16. There, the messages can be more age discriminatory and some of the events in a young ones life can be approached more adequately.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bobby Cole View Post
                        It is wonderful that you took the initiative to speak to the teens but pray tell, did anyone speak to the parents and / or the youth pastor? Church protocol and respect should be taught at home but if all else fails I have been known to stop a service and bring rowdy children (or adults) under heavy scrutiny of the rest of the congregation. I have several messages set aside just for that purpose and switching gears is not beyond the capability of a good pastor or speaker. It all comes under the heading of "meeting the needs of the congregation".

                        The tenets of Holy Communion have obviously been slid over as just another happening and just another church service when in fact it should be the most somber and reflective moment in the life of a Christian.
                        Other than the above, if the size of the congregation warrants it, I am in full favor of having a youth church up through the ages of 14 and even 16. There, the messages can be more age discriminatory and some of the events in a young ones life can be approached more adequately.
                        Good point. I don't know the parents and I don't know the boys' names.

                        Our church is large and does have a youth group, but it only runs for first service. We've gone through a few youth pastors in the last few years, unfortunately! =( Clearly our church has some growing to do! I think they're in the market for a youth pastor now...hopefully they'll find one who can handle our kids.
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                        • #13
                          Let's talk about "take". A quick check says that it is Strongs H5375 (nasa')

                          נָשָׂא nâsâʼ, naw-saw'; or נָסָה nâçâh; (Psalm 4:6 [7]), a primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, absolute and relative:—accept, advance, arise, (able to, (armor), suffer to) bear(-er, up), bring (forth), burn, carry (away), cast, contain, desire, ease, exact, exalt (self), extol, fetch, forgive, furnish, further, give, go on, help, high, hold up, honorable ( man), lade, lay, lift (self) up, lofty, marry, magnify, × needs, obtain, pardon, raise (up), receive, regard, respect, set (up), spare, stir up, swear, take (away, up), × utterly, wear, yield.
                          Larry Pierce in his Online Biblical usage outlines 'nasa' as follows:

                          1. to lift, bear up, carry, take
                            1. (Qal)
                              1. to lift, lift up
                              2. to bear, carry, support, sustain, endure
                              3. to take, take away, carry off, forgive
                            2. (Niphal)
                              1. to be lifted up, be exalted
                              2. to lift oneself up, rise up
                              3. to be borne, be carried
                              4. to be taken away, be carried off, be swept away
                            3. (Piel)
                              1. to lift up, exalt, support, aid, assist
                              2. to desire, long (fig.)
                              3. to carry, bear continuously
                              4. to take, take away
                            4. (Hithpael) to lift oneself up, exalt oneself
                            5. (Hiphil)
                              1. to cause one to bear (iniquity)
                              2. to cause to bring, have brought
                          Which brings me to the end of my skill at splitting ancient Hebrew translation hairs.
                          However, I know a bit about people. Looking at how the Hebrews (who were experts at spilitting linguistic hairs) treated the name of G_d, ;) I suggest that more than one of these definitions were intended in this commandment.
                          As Christians, our yard stick is to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ (Luke 10:27) which sets the bar for 'take' pretty high.

                          Certainly, we should not use His name as profanity.
                          Nor should we attribute things to him that are not his (I really get annoyed by 'god told me' when the message clearly did not come from God, so God might have an issue with that, too.)
                          Then there is 'lifting up' his name as something not to be done as an empty gesture ... if you are going to praise God, then mean it!
                          What about 'endure' or 'support'? If we are going to stand in the world as his representatives, we should take care not to embarrass Him with our words or deeds. To suffer in a Christ like manner, turning the other cheek when appropriate and, perhaps overturning a few tables of CDs and self help books if the occasion calls for it? (I am more just wondering out loud here.)
                          "To forgive" ... it says that word can mean to forgive. Do we hold anger towards God for events in our life that he allowed? Will God bring correction for refusing to forgive His name and accept his soverighty?
                          Should we 'desire' and 'long for' God's name in a worthy manner?
                          And as you have already mentioned, once we have it, once we possess it, once God has given us His name as our name, do we treat it with respect and do everything in our power to show gratitude and bring the family honor?

                          I think I kind of like the word nasa' because it gives me a lot of ideas about how I can do a better job at Luke 10:27.

                          God Bless,
                          Arthur
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by atpollard View Post
                            Let's talk about "take". A quick check says that it is Strongs H5375 (nasa')



                            Larry Pierce in his Online Biblical usage outlines 'nasa' as follows:



                            Which brings me to the end of my skill at splitting ancient Hebrew translation hairs.
                            However, I know a bit about people. Looking at how the Hebrews (who were experts at spilitting linguistic hairs) treated the name of G_d, ;) I suggest that more than one of these definitions were intended in this commandment.
                            As Christians, our yard stick is to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ (Luke 10:27) which sets the bar for 'take' pretty high.

                            Certainly, we should not use His name as profanity.
                            Nor should we attribute things to him that are not his (I really get annoyed by 'god told me' when the message clearly did not come from God, so God might have an issue with that, too.)
                            Then there is 'lifting up' his name as something not to be done as an empty gesture ... if you are going to praise God, then mean it!
                            What about 'endure' or 'support'? If we are going to stand in the world as his representatives, we should take care not to embarrass Him with our words or deeds. To suffer in a Christ like manner, turning the other cheek when appropriate and, perhaps overturning a few tables of CDs and self help books if the occasion calls for it? (I am more just wondering out loud here.)
                            "To forgive" ... it says that word can mean to forgive. Do we hold anger towards God for events in our life that he allowed? Will God bring correction for refusing to forgive His name and accept his soverighty?
                            Should we 'desire' and 'long for' God's name in a worthy manner?
                            And as you have already mentioned, once we have it, once we possess it, once God has given us His name as our name, do we treat it with respect and do everything in our power to show gratitude and bring the family honor?

                            I think I kind of like the word nasa' because it gives me a lot of ideas about how I can do a better job at Luke 10:27.

                            God Bless,
                            Arthur
                            Now THAT's the type of exploration that it takes to bring us to a greater understanding in order to fully develop as children of the Lord God, our Father!
                            The Bible is a treasure trove of similar words that are continually passed over and given very little substance until they are found and when they ARE found, then lights come on and praising our Savior, Jesus Christ takes on a whole new meaning, tempo and life.

                            In a couple of days I have another one that will figuratively blow the top off of your head! Just as a hint: A very small word found in the 1st chapter of Ephesians, and other places but particularly in Ephesians.

                            May the Lord God bless you Mightily! Bobby

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