HOW WE SPEAK ABOUT GOD IS HOW WE WORSHIP GOD
So, this leads to the question, “How should we speak about God?” So, Exodus 20:7, Ten Commandments. First one, there’s one God. Second one, we worship him alone. Third commandment, how we speak about God is how we worship God.
So, here’s what he says: “Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God”—pay attention to that word, “misuse”—“because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name.”
FOUR PRACTICAL WAYS WE TAKE THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN
1. FALSE PROMISES
Number one, through false promises. Jesus says this in Matthew 5:33–35(ESV)33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.—so we’re going to look at the Lord Jesus, the teacher, the rabbi, and him explaining to us the third commandment.
2. FALSE PROPHECIES
Number two, false prophecies, Jeremiah 14:14(ESV)14 And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.—second way that we violate the third commandment—“And the Lord said to me”—so God’s going to speak here—“The prophets are prophesying lies”—and here’s the big problem—“in my name.” So, they’re invoking the name of the Lord.
3. FALSE PRETENSES
The third way is false pretenses. Jesus says it this way, Matthew 7:21–23(ESV): “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord.’” So, hear this. OK, we’re still working off the third commandment, “Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Here, they are invoking the name of the Lord, saying, “Lord, Lord.” They’re invoking the name of the Lord. “Will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day”—the Day of Judgment, the most important day, the last day, the final day—“many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord.’” They’re invoking the name of the Lord. “Did we not prophesy in your name? “We went out and said, ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ and ‘The Bible says,’ and ‘God declares.’ And cast out demons.” We had a little bit of supernatural power. We did some pretty amazing things. “In your name”—we invoked your name. “And do many mighty works in your name.”
4. FALSE PLATITUDES
Fourth way we take the Lord’s name in vain, false platitudes. Leviticus 19:12(ESV), “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” So, get the echoes and intonations of the third commandment. “I am the Lord. Watch what you say. Don’t make oaths unless you intend to obey them.”