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July 4, 2020 2:00 am
Most folks haven't a clue as to what this third commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, means. Most guesses would make it to say, "Don't say bad words!" It may infer that in part, but goes to a much deeper level. Notice the progression of emphasis in the commandments so far: 1st, What we believe about God; 2nd, How we worship God, and 3rd, What we say about God. It's sobering to think that the use of our mouth is the concern of the third in God's Top Ten!
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That's interesting. I used to hear the terms and I still do I even say them. At the end of every prayer in Jesus name. So Jesus taught us to pray in Jesus name I sometimes think that people view that is almost.
That's when the magic you can say anything you want to that point you can ask for anything name anything, just as long as your invoicing in Jesus name than being bought a boom in heaven will responded using some of those name charts that trace the popularity of names for different decades to find out where and when your name was Bob why there are five different James or Jennifer's or James a class in school growing up well today uncritically Skip weekend edition skip. Isaac continues her latest series God talk to you be talking a bit more about a name that is always popular, but perhaps not properly used or understood will have more of that coming up adjustable first we want to tell you about our brand-new excellent July resource offer ready to radically upgrade your prayer life still stuck in blessed me mode, you have come to the right place you are ready for dangerous prayers really start playing three new players will warn you. These are not easy. Prayers does not say prayers is not benign prayer, recalling the dangerous prayers with her dangerous in a good way and that is just my opinion. Most people I know in this part of the world most people's prayers way to say that Craig Rochelle from his book dangerous prayers. And this is our summer resource offer. If you are ready to get out of your comfort zone was some prayers that are not safe to pray no going into the when you pray this prayer to really ask God to do something that will often take you out of your comfort zone. Unlock your potential with Craig Rochelle's book dangerous prayers our gift to you when you give $35 or more today to help keep this ministry on the air.
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My life is your son connectwithskip.com/offer or you can call 809 two 218 Skip and his wife when he will be joining effective teaching today for a few thoughts from Exodus chapter 20 to open up there as we begin with Skip Heitzig and many of those instances that are played in your television sets and in your living room every night. The name of God or Jesus as you in a very demeaning way and you hear it over and over and over again. And here's the problem. What happens when you hear it over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. You become desensitized to and people and hearing that become desensitized to the greatness of that name. The splendor of that name. The uniqueness of that name because of the way it's been misused so some are good to hear this message as a woman, Skip what am I gonna say if I hit my thumb with a hammer to say but alas the Lord that it was only my thumb, especially if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians tells us. Let your speech always be with grace. Season with salt, that you might know how you want to answer every man is a children of the King ought to have the language of the court exalted language not demeaning language. So profanity is one way where people abuse words with God's name of hers and secondly hypothesis. I just profanity hypotheses. That is where people take the name of God, to themselves.
I am a Christian. I'm a follower of God, but it's a profession without a practice is words without a walk.
Jesus said in the sermon on the mount Matthew chapter 7. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name and I will declare to them, I never knew you depart from me, you who practice lawlessness to see. They took the name of Jesus to themselves. They set on a representative of Christ, but their actions speak louder than their words, their actions counsel out there words you know there are names that are trademark names that are trademark names that we use them for general terms.
For instance, the term Kleenex you say give me a Kleenex. You may not really mean a Kleenex which is a certain brand by a certain company, you may just mean get me a tissue or the name Band-Aid gathers adhesive medical strips but then there's Band-Aid but we use the term generally or the term Xerox Corporation we usually mean any kind of copy of Xerox but I found out something that companies like this and others have a legal department in their field representatives. They go out into the world different corporations read the literature read the websites listen to different advertisements to make sure that the name of their company is not taken in vain not misused, not overuse not misrepresented because they want to protect the reputation of the company.
Okay, we've taken to ourselves. The name, the name above all names, the name at which every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess the name of Jesus. I wonder if it would be a bad idea if we didn't have field representatives just to ensure that those who name the name of Christ are making sure that they're all about the character and the reputation and the authority of Jesus Christ that she's properly and it's interesting.
I used to hear the terms and I still do I even say them. At the end of every prayer in Jesus name how Jesus taught us to pray in Jesus name I sometimes think that people view that is almost.
That's when the magic happens. You can say anything you want to that point you can ask for anything name anything, just as long as you end by saying in Jesus name, then bought up being bought out Bouma heaven will respond and you'll get no Jesus said when you pray you want to say our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. In other words, we are first forming your words for prayer first concern that you have and that I have is for the character and the reputation and the authority of God to look at it this way you are praying for something filtered through this thought, if God answers my prayer and I get this thing will this further. The character of God will this honor more the reputation of God.
Will this speak and be compatible with the authority of God presents the idea of the name.
So names are sacred, especially God's name. Words are sacred and third promises are sacred and we shouldn't diffuse them now to where I'm going with this many Bible scholars, commentators will say that this third commandment, principally has to deal with making covenants or pledges or oats. Princes William Barclay says, quote this commandment is primarily a prohibition against using God's name in vain in a pledge that was making a promise to somebody with no intention of keeping that promise or breaking that promise just because it's inconvenient and the reason they say that is because this isn't the only time we find this wording in the Bible you will not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
There are other passages that are commentaries on this all read one of the Mrs. Leviticus chapter 19 verse 12 do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. Now this is how it worked to 3000 years ago, when the children of Israel were entering into an agreement or covenant a contract they didn't have credit ratings at that time so they would enter into a covenant by making an oath and they would usually begin by saying, as the Lord lives. I promise to do such and such, or may God do to me this and more.
If I don't fulfill my promise in such and such, they would invoke the name of God and make a promise, but too often they would make a pledge and then break it in effect MT God's name of its real value and meaning so that by the time you get to Jeremiah chapter 5 the Lord says, and though they say, as the Lord lives, that's their oath, surely they swear falsely, the words they make promises all day long. They break them and they are taking my name in vain and I want you to see something because you're familiar with this.
I want you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 5 go to your New Testament, Matthew chapter 5 very familiar. The sermon on the Mount, and we find that here by the New Testament times people figured out a way to get out of this oath taking business and even break their oath Matthew chapter 5 verse 33 hear those pages turning you there. Matthew 533 again you have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oats to the Lord why because promises are sacred but I say to you that not swear at all, neither by heaven, for that's God's throne or by earth for its his footstool nearby Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King, nor shall you swear by your head because you cannot make one hair white or black course. This was spoken a long time ago right way before Clairol was invented, but let your yes be yes and your no no for whatever is more than these is from the evil one. CC was happening by the New Testament times, people were making oats not by saying, as the Lord lives, or may the Lord do so to me, and more.
They were saying. I pledge by my life or by my head or by the hair on your head or by Jerusalem or by the earth. Now before you say well that's stupid that's silly.
We did it.
His kids across her heart hope to die, crush her heart twice hope to die twice. You know all those little silly things we did to ensure that the promise would not be broken by the New Testament times and this is what the Lord is referring to people had compartmentalized promises into two classes, absolute binding, not absolute binding if you invoke the name of God as the Lord lives now.
God is your partner it's binding you have to do by if you use another name I had your head the hairs of your head, Jerusalem, heaven or it's a nonbinding of, and you know what they did they actually quoted Leviticus 1912, which we just quoted to you. You shall not swear by my name falsely, and they interpreted that to mean you could swear falsely by another name, but not God's name so traditions developed for people making promises and allowed them to tell lies like the four boys who ditched class and they came to the school the next day and told the teacher. The class will we had a flat tire. We went out for lunch and we had a flat tire. That's what we did make it to class.
The teacher said well you happen to miss the test but I'll let you take it today. So the teacher said I want you to sit in all four corners of the classroom. It's a written test question number one which tire was flat.
That first question would answer a lot with Nick that would really be the pastor fail, wouldn't soak words are sacred.
Names are sacred and promises are sacred. Melanie and with this.
Let me give you four areas were promises are sacred. Number one just a normal promise for a believer is to be seen as sacred. Your word ought to be your bond.
Jesus said let your yes be yes and your no be no. How many remember the movie Mary Poppins and you may remember Mary Poppins that seen when the two girls I think was the first day that Mary was with them to girl sent home.
Mary Poppins promise never to leave us promise to stay with us forever. We promise to always be good and Mary Poppins said well that's just a pie crust promise easily made, easily broken far too many believers make pie crust promise make them easily break them easily. How many of you have ever been in a courtroom and the court measuring really that many of you, you've seen this then Bible placed out there. I think they still use these hand placed on the Bible. I swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God. And then people will perjure themselves using the name of God. That's a pie crust promise.
They said the name they made it easily and they broke it easily. A normal promise sacred number number two and occupational promise is sacred. When an employee enters into a contract with an employer employee basically says I promise to work this many hours a week working doing this task for this much money that's the agreement, the paycheck is given is the work being done now correct me if I'm wrong, but I know I'm not Bronx it's biblical a Christian employee ought to be the very best worker in the company because he's working. Ultimately, for God.
He's taking to himself in bringing in with him the name of Christ in Colossians tells us obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, not as men pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God normal promises, occupational promises, there's 1/3. What about relational promises. What about the promise where a young man and a young woman come before a man of God before the Lord himself and before the people of God and make that vow or better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Tell Jeff do his part, not debt do us part death do us part so many have been pie crust promises easily made easily broken and quickly promises made to children in a home broken.
Somebody once said, if your Christianity doesn't work at home it doesn't work normal promises, occupational promises, relational promises, and here's aforethought close with this eternal promises eternal promises if you're a believer this morning. There was some point in your life for you received Christ we say gave your life to him. He said I received your forgiveness, your mercy, your grace and Lord I pledge my loyalty to you as my King, my Savior and my Lord, I turn from my sin and I turned to you that that implies a promise that is followed up by a walk because you taken his name.
I'm a Christian taken his name. The name of Christ serves the closing? Are you walking with him, or could it be Savior walking away from got the name, what you doing how we use God's name is important that we know God is even more so if you been listening to Pastor Skip today and wondering about her relationship with God. I want to invite you to stop by connectwithskip.com. Click know God and learn more about him today. The teaching we just heard on today's broadcast was the second half of God is not a swear word. We are Skip and his wife Lenny in studio today to share some extended thoughts about this teaching Lenny get today. Your interest really what I think is that important topic and so many people it's just gone by the wayside of that.
This is a valid comment to make that people use God's name in vain and be pleased to be much more aghast.
He had to have that use dam wasn't allowed in TB. Now it's on prime time right.
I think you go all the way back to Rhett Butler and St. Frank Haystack Scarlett I don't yet that was the first time, and so to use this word and and how it's becoming God's name has just been trampled on in the public square and they use his name as a curse word. What should we do when that happens I mean you know it takes my breath away but I need to have a response I should I say to the person knock it off or do I just ignore him How to handle that. Yeah.
And I think it's a valid question and the fact that you are repulsed by it is a good thing because it shows that you are talking about somebody you love and their disrespecting somebody you have a relationship with and were always heard of someone like when I was a kid and they talk about my parents. I hated that you know classmates, but at the same time I want to say I don't expect the world sinners pagan society to revere God. I expect them to sin when they do, I'm not appalled by so when it happens. I would rather see it as an opportunity rather than something that I want to let them know they shouldn't say around me because they'll say it. They just want say around you that may be a good thing, but how about if we see it as an opportunity. Something like hey you know the one that you're talking about a lot you mentioned his name a lot but not in the terms do you know that I I have a relationship with him, and you can to her or something may be more subtle, some way to work your way in, but I turned around and use it as a platform. Just think, as we are in this evolved, so to speak society. It's so duplicitous. Nobody uses Mohammed's name in vain or Buddha's name and border security line, naming me. Maybe that mean I'm saying that he's boot our Christian or some other form and send it just it just seems why you know why is why is it the Lord's name. Well if you think about it from in terms of spiritual warfare. It makes perfect sense. It's the one name that Satan hates more than it it's there there's not 30 other gods.
There's only one true God who has his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. So if you think about it in terms of strategy that would be the only name Satan would want to denigrate more than any other name on earth and he has so it if you just look at it from that way you get a pretty good idea peeking behind the curtain as to why my it's the name of Jesus every knee will bow Boyar.
There's a day coming when every knee will bow well. Thanks so much, Skip and lamia have the message you heard today was part of God's top 10 great series that your audio library and you can today when you get all 17 teachings bundled is an audio CD package it's available right now would connectwithskip.com for only $39 plus shipping.
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