Christian Churches of God

No. CB72

 

 

Lesson:

Third Commandment

 

(Edition 2.020050805-20070302)

 

The Third Commandment tells us that we are not to use Godís name in the wrong way. God will not hold us guiltless if we do.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lesson:Third Commandment
 
Childrenís Bible Study
 

 

Goal:

To teach the basic understanding of the Third Commandment

 

Objectives:

  1. Children will know what the Third Commandment says.
  2. Children will understand what is meant by using the Lordís name in vain.
  3. Children will understand what will happen to them if they break this Commandment.

 

Relevant Scripture:

Exodus 20:7

 

Memory Scripture:

Exodus 20:7Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.(KJV)

 

Exodus 20:7Do not misuse my name. I am the LORD your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name. (CEV)

 

Activity:

Each child will receive a plaque of the Ten Commandments (available from the Bible Games Company (www.faithoutlet.com)).

Jumble puzzle worksheet

A game of trivia regarding the Ten Commandments

 

Lesson:

The Third Commandment tells us that we are not to use Godís name in the wrong way. God clearly tells us not to take His name in vain. God will not hold us guiltless if we do. It is important for us to understand exactly what taking Godís name in vain is if we are to obey this command.

 

Different translations of the Bible explain the verse differently. Letís examine a couple.

 

Exodus 20:7Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.(KJV)

 

Exodus 20:7Do not misuse my name. I am the LORD your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name. (CEV)

 

 

First we need to discuss the definition of the words in the Scripture.

 

What does vain mean? The Wordsmyth Dictionary defines it as:

lacking significance or value; not leading to a desirable or lasting effect.

The Hebrew word vain means empty, meaningless, thoughtless, senseless, worthless.

What does guiltless mean? The Wordsmyth Dictionary defines it as:

without guilt; sinless; innocent

What does misuse mean? The Wordsmyth Dictionary defines it as:

to use incorrectly or inappropriately; a wrong or inappropriate use.

What does punish mean? The Wordsmyth Dictionary defines it as:

to impose a penalty on for a real or imagined offence.

So we can see that taking Godís name in vain means using Godís name in a thoughtless, insincere way or without a specific purpose. God does not take it lightly if we do. We are responsible for every word that comes out of our mouths, whether it is good or bad.

 

1John 2:4But if we claim to know him and don't obey him, we are lying and the truth isn't in our hearts.(CEV)

 

Matthew 12:36 I promise you that on the day of judgment, everyone will have to account for every careless word they have spoken. (CEV)

 

How do people take Godís name in vain?

 

The first way we can use Godís name in vain is in a desolating manner.

 

What does desolate mean? The Wordsmyth Online Dictionary defines it as: feeling friendless or hopeless;

unfriendly; having no inhabitants or dwellings; deserted; lonely; without those things necessary or desirable for life

If Godís name is used to cause feelings of sadness in an individual then we are using it in vain. What does this mean? This is referring to sadness in a sense of hurt. We are not to use Godís name to hurt another person.If we are ill or have something not going quite right in our life then some people may say we are obviously in a state of sin and God is punishing us. This is hurtful to people and is not to be done. People who say things like this are taking Godís name in vain and the Bible tells us they will not go unpunished for it. If people feel hopeless because of our use of Godís name then we are using it in vain. This is unacceptable.What if someone said to anyone of us, ďYou are a fine example of a Christian! How can God love you?Ē or, ďGod doesnít love you because youíre a sinner!Ē That would be using Godís name in an unfriendly way, not to mention being untrue. God loves all people but He hates their sinful behaviour.

 

Hebrews 13:15-16 Let us then make offerings of praise to God at all times through him, that is to say, the fruit of lips giving witness to his name.16But go on doing good and giving to others, because God is well-pleased with such offerings.(BBE)

 

Isaiah 57:15 Our holy God lives forever in the highest heavens, and this is what he says: Though I live high above in the holy place, I am here to help those who are humble and depend only on me. (CEV)

 

The second way we can use Godís name in vain is in a deceitful manner.

 

What does deceitful mean? The Wordsmyth Online Dictionary defines it as:

deceptive: a means of misleading, tricking, or cheating.

 

If we use Godís name in a dishonest manner this is also using His name in vain. Godís name is used to trick people all the time. Look at the terrorist activities that are taking place today. These are done in the name of Allah which is just the Arabic form of the Hebrew word Eloah which is God the Father. Do we think our loving God is behind this? Godís name is used to make people believe a lie. People also use Godís name to justify the keeping of Christmas and other pagan holidays, which we know we should not keep.

 

1Peter 3:10-11For it is said, Let the man who has a love of life, desiring to see good days, keep his tongue from evil and his lips from words of deceit: 11 And let him be turned from evil and do good; searching for peace and going after it with all his heart. (BBE)

 

Psalms 139:20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. (BBE)

 

The third way we can use Godís name in vain is through idolatry.

 

What does idolatry mean? The Wordcentral.com Online Dictionary defines it as:

the worship of an idol as a god; very great attachment or devotion to something.

 

We are not to use Godís name for anything other than God the Father or it is idolatry. There are other churches out there who are Trinitarian (they believe God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are all one being) or Binitarian (they believe God and Jesus Christ are one being) or polytheists (they believe there is more than one god). They are all breaking the Third Commandment as well as the First. They say that Christ is the same as God. He is God just as God is God. This is untrue and they are using Godís name in vain. There are people out there using Godís name incorrectly and they can deceive us if weíre not careful.

 

Ephesians 5:4-5 Don't use dirty or foolish or filthy words. Instead, say how thankful you are. 5 Being greedy, indecent, or immoral is just another way of worshiping idols. You can be sure that people who behave in this way will never be part of the kingdom that belongs to Christ and to God. (CEV)

 

The fourth way we can use Godís name in vain is without purpose.

 

What does purpose mean? The Wordsmyth Online Dictionary defines it as:

a reason or plan guiding an action; motive or intention; determination or resolve;

the reason for which something exists.

 

We are not to use Godís name in a useless manner or without purpose. The profanity (or bad words people use these days) is an example of taking Godís name in vain. We hear people all the time saying things like, ďOh My GodĒ, or ďOh GodĒ, or just simply ďGodĒ with no purpose. This is taking Godís name in vain. If we use the name of God for no reason then it is in vain. We are not to do this. When we utter Godís name it is for a purpose and the purpose should be based on love and respect. It is not to be used as an exclamation or profanity! God will punish us for this. The same holds true for the name of Jesus Christ. We need to be a little more respectful than that. We are to give honour to God and Christ and we dishonour their names by using them in a useless or profane way.

 

Ephesians 5:6 Don't let anyone trick you with foolish talk. God punishes everyone who disobeys him and says foolish things.(CEV)

 

Proverbs 15:2 Knowledge is dropping from the tongue of the wise; but from the mouth of the foolish comes a stream of foolish words. (BBE)

 

Psalms 100:4 Come into his doors with joy, and into his house with praise; give him honour, blessing his name. (BBE)

 

Who is to obey this Commandment?

 

It is a commandment given to each one of us individually. How we use Godís name and how we treat Godís name is a big concern to God. It is up to each one of us to avoid using the Lord Godís name in vain. We must never use Godís name in an insincere way. Godís name should always be honoured. This Commandment is directed to each of us. It is direct to every human on the Earth.

 

Ecclesiastes 10:12The words of a wise manís mouth are sweet to all, but the lips of a foolish man are his destruction. (BBE)

 

Isaiah 8:13I am the one you should fear and respect. I am the holy God, the LORD All-Powerful! (CEV)

 

Deuteronomy 28:58-59You must obey everything in The Book of God's Law. Because if you don't respect the LORD, 59 he will punish you and your descendants with incurable diseases, like those you were so afraid of in Egypt. (CEV)

 

How long was this Commandment to be in force?

 

For as long as we live we are to obey all the Commandments. No one who has ever lived, who is living now, or who ever will live is ever to misuse Godís name. No person of any period of history is to misuse or take Godís name in vain. This is what God demands. This Commandment is in force as long as we live and as long as God exists. Godís Law is eternal.

 

Numbers 35:29These rules are to be your guide in judging through all your generations wherever you may be living. (BBE)

 

Deuteronomy5:32-33Take care, then, to do whatever the Lord your God has given you orders to do; let there be no turning away to the right hand or to the left. 33 Go on walking in the way ordered for you by the Lord your God, so that life may be yours and it may be well for you, and your days may be long in the land of your heritage. (BBE)

 

Conclusion

So, in conclusion, we need to be aware of our speech. We need to be careful how we use Godís name. We should use it in a comforting, kind-hearted manner with the utmost respect for God Himself. We need to not only watch how we use Godís name but also we need to be aware of our speech in general. As it says in Titus 2:7-8:

 

Titus 2:7-8 Always set a good example for others. Be sincere and serious when you teach. 8 Use clean language that no one can criticize. Do this, and your enemies will be too ashamed to say anything against you. (CEV)