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God Is Not a Swear Word - Part A

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June 27, 2020 2:00 am

God Is Not a Swear Word - Part A

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June 27, 2020 2:00 am

Most folks haven't a clue as to what this third commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, means. Most guesses would make it to say, "Don't say bad words!" It may infer that in part, but goes to a much deeper level. Notice the progression of emphasis in the commandments so far: 1st, What we believe about God; 2nd, How we worship God, and 3rd, What we say about God. It's sobering to think that the use of our mouth is the concern of the third in God's Top Ten!

This teaching is from the series God's Top Ten.

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Now the 10 Commandments. Look at them this way there like manufacturer's instructions. It's it's God saying I is the creator of all life know how life ought to be lived. The past here's the best possible life and here's the basic building blocks is the foundations. Here's my top 10 in most societies will agree with the 10 commands. Most thinking people will agree that these commandments accents for a good fall, happy life.

Wife works best when you don't murder people wife works best when you don't commit adultery.

Life works best when you honor your parents. Life works best when you don't steal this third commandment. Some will have trouble with what's such a big deal about getting the name right and honoring that name. Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

That might be true, but it's hard to imagine names are essential to our understanding of things to the people, studies have shown that what apparent major child could either help launch them into greatness or leave them in obscurity. Well, today, and correctly Skip weekend edition skip. Isaac opens up the third commandment as we find out what it means to take the name of the Lord our God, and they but before we begin today. Here's a great several resource from collective Skip kids and their parents. The Bible is the most important information you can pass along to the next generation in your family and that can be a challenge right in this book, this Bible there are 66 separate books, some long some very long. Some very, very short 31,173 versus sound like a big book it is my success by looking really seem overwhelming during your kids and grandchildren. That's why you want a copy of this resource is called soaring to the Bible gives kids and cleans an overview of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

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God is not a swear word will find out why that name is so important and how would you treated respectfully takes us through Exodus chapter 20 verse seven started in our series God's talk to Paul Dickinson is a fellow who collects unusual name keeps a running list of all of the unusual names he can find and I hear he's even published a book.

Some of the names. According to Paul Dickinson are names that turn out to be prophetic. For instance, a guy named Joe Bunt became a baseball coach. It fits perfectly. Joe Bunt then the dross family DR you FF named their son Daniel and he turned out to be a barber so it sounds kinda odd, but going to a barber named Dan dross. I know it sounds like a corny joke. I would make up but I didn't. It's real.

He even points out in his writings that there's two men by the name of Mr. Goforth and Mr. Ketchum spelled with a K who became police officers and in fact they became partners on the same police force so you can imagine how that would sound in the station literally send send Goforth and Ketchum any points out in his writings.

Another couple of guys who sell church equipment. The first is and their partner's name. Mr. O'Neill and the second, Mr. Pree PRA why O'Neill and pray very convenient if you're selling church equipment like kneelers. Then there's the guy named crumble William crumble, who's up plaster contractor and I don't know how I feel about buying my plaster contracting from will crumble today were to study the name of God or that is how our speech are very mouths can use and misuse the name of God, you know snail was very small and very slow is a very interesting creature because it's tough. It has a tongue that can saw through just about anything. Scientists say that tongue of a snail can roll up like a ribbon and roll out pretty far and there's teeth on the tongue once I discounted 300 sharp teeth on the tongue of a single snail that can saw through stems and leaves so that tongue is a weapon. What what snails can do this stems and leaves people can do to God's name with their tongue with their speech were looking today at verse seven in Exodus chapter 20 it's the third commandment. And if the first commandment says worship the right, God, and if the second commandment says worship the right God in the right way and the third commandment says worship the right, God the right way, even down to the use and the mention of his name. Even his very name is to be honored when you notice that the commandment is a single verse. It's not like the previous commandments that have other verses that supplement and complement and explained just a single verse begins with a negative command and that a reason to keep the command verse seven you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain not to read some other translations of that verse two just right at the beginning get the flavor and the meaning of this. The Knox translation, which is from the Latin Vulgate puts it this way, you shall not take the name of the Lord your God lightly on your lips, the amplified Bible you will not take the name of the Lord lightly frivolously in false affirmations or profamily in the Jerusalem Bible, you will not utter the name of Yahweh your God, to miss use it. Now the word in vain or vain in the Bible means empty or emptiness. You know Solomon said in Ecclesiastes vanity of vanities, all is vanity, which means emptiness or meaninglessness. So to use God's name in vain is to empty that name of its value its content, its meaning. So basically the name of God should never be used honored written song in any kind of empty, frivolous or insincere way. Now the 10 Commandments. I look at it this way there like manufacturer's instructions. It's it's God saying I is the creator of all life know how life ought to be lived.

The best here's the best possible life and here's the basic building blocks is the foundations. Here's my top 10 in most societies will agree with the 10 Commandments. Most thinking people will agree, yet these commandments make sense for a good full, happy life. Life works best when you don't murder people life works best when you don't commit adultery.

Life works best when you honor your parents.

Life works best when you don't steal, but this third commandment. Some will have trouble with what's such a big deal about getting the name right and honoring that name.

Well, today it's very important. In fact, let's broaden it out.

What we say our speech is very important because Jesus put it this way from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. In other words, your mouth is a barometer of your heart so that this command has to do with careless speech that comes from an un-guarded heart, careless speech that comes from an unguarded heart and the command touches three areas and there in your outline this morning. Names, words and promises. Those are the three major areas that this commandment has to deal with names, especially the name of God names are sacred words are sacred promises are sacred and I will explain all this to you what's considered the name since it says you will not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. We understand something from names in the Bible that people considered names to be somewhat sacred and certainly the name of God, that some people say well what's in a name.

Why is God so hung up on get my name right. Don't misuse my name is it because God say look, I'm bigger than you.

I'm God don't badger my name around you mess with my name and you had it is God like the Sysco Corporation that sued Apple over the name iPhone because they said we came up with at first were taking you to court over the name or like Puff Daddy. The wrapper who changes name to P Diddy and was sued by some record record music engineer in England because he said you took my name. I had the name Diddy first and he took him to court over it now. That's not God here.

Here's the idea behind the name. In biblical usage name is equivalent to reputation, character and authority, reputation, character and authority in the ancient Hebrews always saw a vital connection between a person's name and a person's nature and names do make a difference by the way. One psychologist studied 15,000 names of juvenile delinquents and he said those with odd or embarrassing names were in trouble four times as much as others and I've heard some odd names, real names, the Turners name their baby girl page page turner. The arm family ARM true story called their son Carl. Carl arm or how about this one Bacons called their son Christopher middle initial B so it's Chris D. Bacon well I did make those up once again. Now in the Bible you'll notice that names are given to children, boys or girls often reflect the desire that the parents have for that child to grow into.

So the name Judah means praise made this son grow to praise the Lord or Samuel from some well the Lord hears may the Lord hear your prayers and be attentive to your crime. Now when you come to the name of God you ask will which one because the Bible has over 300 different names or titles for God, each one revealing he had a different aspect of his character. Sort of like a diamond with 300 facets you turn it and you understand something different of its beauty.

Each name revealing another characteristic of God. The name Elohim most often used in the Old Testament used about 2000 times, which generally means God, but it speaks of the Almighty God, the faithful God the creator God, or the term Adonai, which is the Lord speaks of the master and the relationship.

The servant has toward his master. Then there's the sacred name Yahweh were God introduce himself to Moses, I am that I am and honestly as I said we don't know how it's pronounced. It's the tetra grandma time. The ineffable name of God the unpronounceable name of God. It's so sacred that Orthodox Jews, to this day don't even write it they write G D as if to imply God so as to revere his name so God's name, the name or the names of God principal Yahweh isn't just a name or title, but it speaks of character, reputation and authority.

So think back to David and Goliath. Think back to David going to the battlefield and there is Goliath facing off with him.

This huge giant, but David says to him hey you come to me with the sword and a spear and a shield but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. I'm coming in the character, reputation and authority of God.

The name of God, so to use his name in a way that's not true to his character, reputation or authority is to take his name in vain. If you were to slur the name of Bhutto and by the way you notice that doesn't happen when is the last time you heard somebody get really mango Buddha, but if you were to slur the name Buddha publicly. You probably have the ACLU after you get in trouble if you are did defame the name of Moses. You might have the Anti-Defamation League after you if you were to take the name Martin Luther King Jr. and Mark that name publicly, you have the NAACP after you if you misuse the name Mohammed in some parts of the world, they'll kill you, and yet how many movies and television shows will say, O God, or all Christ or of Jesus Christ and not a flattering or way of praise, but in the defaming way. Nobody thinks anything about or what about those who name the name of Christ, but use his name lightly.

I've heard people tell me you know God told me such and such. I don't deny that God can speak. I know we can speak, but I cringe when I hear that because there's a lot of times I don't know if God spoke to me or not.

I don't know if it's an impression I got if I got a principal for meeting the word but to use that word lightly and say God spoke to me suddenly put you in a high class like who can argue with you.

God speaks to you when Scott didn't speak to you but you suppose God didn't. What if it was a late night burrito you had then you just took the name of God in vain. It is not to be taken lightly under lips so names are sacred were not to misuse them. But then, words, words are sacred and this commandment takes that into consideration the words themselves, especially when you bring into those words.

The name of God are very sacred, whether spoken or emailed or sung. Jesus said this, I say to you that for every idle word that men may speak, they will give an account in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. So there's a question.

How do people today take the name of the Lord in vain with their words. Two ways once pretty obvious. One may not be so obvious.

The first is profanity.

Profanity is where you degrade God's name you use it in a course manner you ask God to damn something or doom. Basically that's what it means to doomed to destruction, which is not his heart, so let's say you're working on a project in the garage or outback dies and her using a hammer and nails and you hit the nail on the head hit the second one on the head, but the third time you slip and the head of the hammer doesn't hit the head of the nail, but it hits the nail of your phone really hard and so you let out that horrible word asking God to damn it. To do that to destruction.

First of all how utterly stupid here you are, you work hours on a project. Now you're asking God invoking God to doomed to destruction. What you just made lame dumb stupid or even worse when somebody asked God to damn a person. Now that does not represent God's character God's reputation or God's authority. God is and about condemning people. God is all about saving people Peter said the Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

That would be taking his name in vain. Jesus said God did not send his son into the world to damn or condemn the world, but that the world through him might go back to 1946 in your mind. Some of you can't do it because you're alive. Then I wasn't alive then. But a movie came out during that time. That is been rerun and I bet you seen it because it's on the air. Every Christmas is called. It's a wonderful life with Jimmy Stewart.

How many of you have ever seen the movie it's a wonderful life.

Okay see you don't show your age because of the reruns in 1946 when that movie first came out the original script was censored by a committee that sensors these things saying it's unsuitable for audiences to hear certain words and here's the words that were taken out as unsuitable jerk lousy God Dane impotent and garlic leaders.

They were censored from the original script deemed unacceptable.

Will that was then what about now.

Well in one year, presently of prime time television. There will be 23,566 uses of profanity far worse than jerk, or allows it. In fact, in many of those instances that are played in your television sets and in your living rooms every night. The name of God or Jesus is used in a very demeaning way and you hear it over and over and over again. And here's the problem. What happens when you hear it over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

You become desensitized to and people and hearing that become desensitized to the greatness of that name. The splendor of that name.

The uniqueness of that name because of the way it's been misused so some are good to hear this message as a woman, Skip what am I gonna say if I hit my thumb with a hammer to say bless the Lord, that it was only my thumb, especially if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians tells us. Let your speech always be with grace. Season with salt. You might know how you want to answer every man, God takes himself and his name seriously will hear more about that when we returned with the second half of this teaching.

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