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You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, and why I stabbed my dog with a pitchfork.

The 10 Commandments Part 3/10

7/15/18 Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain”

Most people would not argue that to murder an innocent person is wrong.

Most people would not argue that to steal is wrong.

And most people would not argue that stealing is wrong. In other words, most would say these are wrong because they are inherently wrong, not because of because of this, or because of that reason. They are just wrong.

Is it then wrong in the same way, to take the name of the Lord in vain? Why or why not?

Have you ever stopped to consider why this command is the only one with a specific penalty attached to it? What are your thought son it?

This is really where the phrase “For God’s sake” comes from.

i.e. For God’s sake don’t so that! What are we really saying when FGS is used as a prefix to a sentence??

And for some pathetic irony on this, do a search for NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN, then click Images: note any one of a few Louis C.K. images...

And for the intellectually dishonest and small minded like a Louis C.K., rape is part of the 10 Commandments: it's #8, you shall not steal.

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Jul 18, 2018

I am so very glad you were inspired to think deeper and reflect more.

I think you're on target with Sermon on Mount thoughts. I think #3 has been a very misrepresented command for a long time. That in itself causes people to jump to wrong conclusions and disregard the God who cares about them.

Carrying His name is a great privilege and responsibility.

Keep walking in a worthy manner Rachel! Well done.


rachel stoudt
rachel stoudt
Jul 18, 2018

Do you think that taking the Lord's name in vain also includes using God's name to make/take vows? The Sermon on the Mount seems to be going over the 10 commandments in discipleship form... Do not murder, do not commit adultery, what God defines as being adultery, the seriousness of making vows in God's name and fulfilling them, loving our neighbor as well as our enemy... Because The Sermon seems to be a discipleship form overview of the 10 commandments, I was wondering if Jesus might have been correlating his teaching on vows to further explain to us HOW, "you shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God"?

I understand from Lev. 24:11, that when a young man…

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