“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” ~Ex 20:7
This one is particularly close to my heart because I recently realized how this particular Commandment should be tightly intertwined with everything I do.
Using the word “God” with proper respect, reverence, and honor is important. However, as they say, actions always speak louder than words. Okay then, what is taking the name of God in vain all about when we are talking about behavior?
The original Hebrew word translated as “take” has many other interesting meanings. Here are a few that caught my eye: “bear, bring forth, fetch, hold up, wear, yield.” And the original word translated as “name” also has these meanings “nature, character, or authority of”
So this Commandment could be written like this: We must hold up the character and authority of God with integrity. There is nothing worse than a car without an engine, a flower without any buds, a sunrise without the sun, prayer without an effect, and men and women of Faith without true faithfulness.
This commandment is all about honest faithfulness, and I hope you will join me in pausing to contemplate how to raise this standard in our lives. Thank you so much for taking the time to read.
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