You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord, Your God, in Vain

Posted March 24, 2019 11:22 pm by Dan Byron

You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord, Your God, in Vain

In Exodus 20:7, the Lord God provided a simple commandment: “You shall not invoke the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.  For the LORD will not leave unpunished anyone who invokes his name in vain.” 
The principle is simple. The name of the Most High God is sacred, not to be used as a trivial ejaculation, still less as a curse. Yet, as with all the commandments, we are obliged to honor not merely the letter of the law but also its spirit. That is, the injunction to honor God’s Name means taking care to speak with respect when making

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