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SUNDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2019
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” - Exodus 20:7
This is the third command that god gives the Israelites as he is laying out the terms of the covenant/marriage arrangement between him and his people.
Maybe this means don’t say OMG when you are surprised or annoyed, maybe it means don’t get frustrated and say Jesus. It might mean that., but that would be a weird thing to promise in an actual marriage ceremony:
“I, ___, take thee, ___, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, I will not say your name in any situation where I am frustrated…. to love and to cherish, till death do us part”
Maybe it means, don’t say that God told you something if God didn’t tell you something. But that one should be obvious and is covered by don’t lie later.
It’s important to read this command in context.
God he has chosen THIS group of people to represent him to the nations. He has set this group of people free so that they can bring freedom for others, and God says, don’t misrepresent my name.
So far in the story he has revealed himself as a God who creates, and cares, and hears, and rescues, and promises, He is a God of Justice and generosity.
He is asking people to represent his name, which is his reputation to the nations, and he wants them to represent him well…