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* Tonight we have sung the Gaither’s Song “There’s just something about that Name” This morning we sang there is strength in the name of the Lord, there is hope in the name of the Lord, there is power in the name of the Lord. A name is a special thing. It is our identity. Think of the well-known names of our generation; Kennedy, Reagan, Eisenhower, etc.
* In Bible days, a name carried a meaning and a message. When Hosea named his kids, his names were indicative of his feelings. His first son was named – Jezreel which means “God’s Sows”. Then Gomer conceived and bore a daughter which Hosea named Lo-ruhamah, which means “no mercy” (at this point, Hosea “thinks” may have returned to her old ways of immorality. Then the third baby comes along and he names HIM “Lo-ammi” which means “not my own”. Imagine the shame of carrying the name “no my own” for your entire life. Hosea was sure this child did not belong to him and named him accordingly. There is indeed something about a name.
* In this sense, there is something special indeed about the name of God. God is determined for His creation to honor & respect His name, thus we read the third commandment. TEXT
1) THE COMMAND FOR HANDLING THE NAME
* We being with an understood subject. The sentence begins with a verb so “you” is the understand subject. This makes it personal. Some of the older translations say “thou.”
* The word NOT is a Hebrew modifier which strongly redirects the statement to a negative, absolute prohibiting, with no room for misunderstanding. This is a command!
* Our text employs the word Misuse while the KJV says the familiar “In Vain.” The Hebrew indicates these thoughts: empty, flippantly, falsehood, lying, deception, worthlessness, and maybe lightly. It’s saying “watch out.”
* The object of this thought is “the Name” and the way we use it. Why is God so sensitive about His name? The same reason you are sensitive about YOUR name? It speaks of WHO WE are and who HE is. When someone speaks YOUR name, there are at least 3 thought in play. They are; your reputation, character, and/or your authority. Consider the names in text.
* 2 Names for God in this text.
* Yahweh (Jehovah) (YHVH) which literally means the self-existent or eternal God.
* Elohiym which means God, Ruler, or the Supreme one.
* Why or how do we misuse or “vainly” use His wonderful name?
* This is unbelievable - Several ways; PROFANITY would head the list. Sometimes, this is the only thing we think of because it is so prevalent in our society. It is like an epidemic, a “creeping paralysis which has the ability destroy civiliza-tion.” Think about what public profanity has done in our society in the last 30 years. Civility & decency are almost a thing of the past. In 12 months we are told that TV more than 24,000 uses of profanity. Our culture has bought into this as reality.
* Believers have seemingly accepted this as the normal way of life. I read this;
* Ill. A man named Alex Dunlap has written and published a tract entitled Ten Reasons Why I Swear. The purpose of the tract was to show how foolish swearing was. Here are the reasons he gives:
1) It pleases my mother so much.
2) It is a fine mark of manliness.
3) It proves I have self-control.
4) It indicates how clearly my mind operates.
5) It makes my
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