Last night our study through Exodus took us to the Third Commandment found in Exodus 20:7. This command deals with God's name and what we do with it. As with each command we have studied, we talked last night about the negative and positive aspects of the command.
Negatively, the Third Commandment prohibits any empty, thoughtless, irreverent, or vain use of God's name. God's name represents God. To dishonor His name is to dishonor Him. To illustrate this we looked at Acts 19:11-20. This is the story of the sons of Sceva. They were using the name of Jesus for their own gain. They were trying to invoke the name of Jesus to perform a magic trick. This is a prime example of dishonoring and misusing God's name. And they endured the consequence (Acts 19:16).
Positively, the Third Commandment commands us to honor and revere the name of God. God is worthy of all glory and honor. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. His name is worthy of the highest honor and praise. In fact, Jesus, while teaching his disciples how to pray, instructed them to pray that God's name be hallowed. To hallow something means to honor it, to lift it up in high regard. Jesus tells us that we are to hallow the name of God. We looked together at Psalm 29:2, a verse that tells us to ascribe to God the glory due his name and to worship Him in the splendor of His holiness. That should be our deep prayer and desire. We should seek to give to God the glory that He is truly due.
Scriptures to Study:
This week as you continue your study read and pray through the following verses:
- Psalm 113
- 2 Thessalonians 1:12
- Exodus 3:13-16
Questions for Reflection:
- Why is God's name important? What are His names and what do they tell me about God?
- What are examples of empty or vain ways of using God's name? Why are these things violations of the 3rd commandment?
- What does honoring the name of God look like in the Bible? What did people do or say to honor the name of God?
- What are ways that I can hallow (honor) the name of God in my daily life?