biblestudy: The Commandments (Part 4)
Taking God's Name In Vain
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 06-Aug-88; Sermon #BS-TC04; 77 minutes
The prohibition against taking God's name in vain is the least understood commandment. The names of God (more than 250 mentioned in the Scriptures, eight of them concentrated in Psalm 23) represent the multitudinous characteristics, traits, attributes, or the very character or nature of God Almighty. Through the life, words, and works of Jesus Christ (The Way), we can see God the Father revealed. If we faithfully follow His example (emulating His life), we will not only find the Father, but also bring respect for God's character by our conduct. Eternal life is to know God by emulating His Character- living life as God lives life. Our most valuable asset we have is God's family name. When we bear God's name (which we acquire through our calling and baptism) we are also obligated to bear His character and nature, and not dishonor or blaspheme His precious name through our conduct.
Adonai Bearing God's Name Disrespect for God's character El Shaddai Elohim Eternal Life Euphemisms God as bringer of peace God our Banner God as buckler God our Healer God our provider God our redeemer God our savior God our shield God our shepherd God our strength God's greatness God's Name God's Nature Names of God Name Taking God's name in vain Psalm 8 Psalm 23 Shepherd metaphor Vain Yahweh- Jireh Yahweh -Rophe Yaweh M'Kaddesh Yaweh —Nissi Yaveh Yahweh- Sabbaoth YHVH