An Important Name
And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely
be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him:
as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he
blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.
Read Leviticus 24:10-23
Using someone’s name is not a trivial thing. Whenever your name is mentioned,
you become involved in a situation. Now imagine if someone continually
called out your name and remained aloof, ignoring your response as
if they had not called you. That would be a misuse of your name. A person’s
name is also misused when it is used in a derogatory manner.
Whenever the name of the Lord is used in a lighthearted way, far greater
wrong is committed. Why? Because the name of the Lord expresses who He
is! In other words, whoever uses God’s name articulates His existence and
what He stands for. The third commandment deals specifically with using
God’s name in vain. The term, in vain, means to regard something as a puff
of wind or as light as a feather. Using God’s name in this way is seriously
wrong. This is especially true when a person uses God’s name to swear
falsely or flippantly. If we use the Lord’s name in a casual manner, we are
also guilty of misusing it.
Whenever we use the name of the Lord in prayer without feeling the weight
of that name and what it stands for, we use His name in vain. When we use
the name of the Lord thoughtlessly or quickly repeat a prayer as a matter of
course, we violate the majesty of God and insult the Lord. The concept of
honouring something expresses the opposite of holding it in vain; it speaks
of the weightiness of that very thing. When that is true of the Lord’s name,
then we lift His name up, using it reverently.
Thought: How can you show reverence to the Lord when praying to Him?
Psalter 373:1,7,9 (based on Psalm 135)
O praise ye the Name of Jehovah, Proclaim ye His glory abroad;
O praise Him, ye servants appointed To stand in the house of our God.
Thy Name shall abide, O Jehovah, Through all generations renowned;
The Lord is the judge of His people, His mercies forever abound.
Ye people who worship Jehovah, His praises with gladness proclaim;
His servants, and all ye that fear Him, Sing praise to His glorious Name.