Thoughts for Today: The first of the Ten Commandments states that we are to have no other gods. We are to worship only the one true God. The second commandment tells us to worship no idols, to worship God properly.
Today we will look at the third commandment, which tells us not to misuse the name of the Lord our God.
This commandment emphasizes right thinking about the name of the Lord. He commands and deserves the greatest respect for his name. It is a privilege for us to use his name, and we must always honor it.
Most of us understand this commandment prohibits profanity and blasphemy. However, it has broader application. We break this commandment anytime we take the Lord’s reputation lightly. As we like others to speak our name correctly and with honor and respect, God, whose name is above any other, wants us to use his name with respect and honor.
We misuse his name when we use it with profanity, hypocrisy, or irreverence. Consider this . . . God had given the Israelites the privilege of using his name.
Although he is divine, he gave them the honor of using his name, which indicated his trust and love toward them. With this privilege came the responsibility to guard the reputation of the Lord’s name.
This same privilege and responsibility is ours today-and we need to take this responsibility seriously. This week we will consider actions that dishonor God’s name and look at some of the characteristics the Bible tells us belong to his name.