The Mustard Seed
What does the Commandment "You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God" mean? The first and most obvious meaning is that we should not turn God's holy Name into a curse, or use His Name as a meaningless expression of surprise. ("O my God!").
The Commandment also teaches us not to misrepresent God by giving our own opinions as if they were God's truth -- don't attribute to God things He never said -- or misrepresent Him by the way we live, claiming to be followers of Christ while failing to act like His followers.
A deeper meaning of this Commandment is found in the literal translation of the original Hebrew text, which says, "You will not carry the name of YAHWEH your God for nothing." This describes people who pretend to be believers. These are people who have religion, but they don't have Christ. They may be active in church, they know when to stand and when to sit, they know when to sing and when to pray, they even put money in the offering plate. But they foolishly trust their church membership and good behavior to save them. God says,
"These people say they love Me;
they show honor to Me using nice words,
but their hearts are far from Me.
Their worship to Me is only rules that people invented." (Isaiah 29:11)
The Apostle Paul appealed to all who play at religion but have not fully trusted Christ:
God is calling to you through us. We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God. Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could become right with God. We are workers together with God, so we beg you: Do not let the grace that you received from God be for nothing. God says,
"At the right time I heard your prayers.
On the day of salvation I helped you."
I tell you that the "right time" is now, and the "day of salvation" is now! (2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 NCV)
~~ Pastor Ron
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Pastor Ron Friedrich