The Ten Commandments Misuse of God’s Name

Exodus 20:7

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain

  • God ‘s name is special, for it carries his personal identity
  • Using it frivolously or in a curse is so common today that we may fail to realize how serious it is
  • The way we use God’s name conveys how we really feel about him
  • We should respect his name and use it appropriately, speaking it in praise or worship rather than in curse of jest
  • We will not be found guiltess if we dishonor his name *1

Committing evil in God’s Name

Do not carry the name of God in vain

Do not misuse God’s name

Religious evil

Ref. Verses:

Leviticus 19:112

Deut. 5:11

Deut. 6:13

Mt. 4:10

Lk.  4:8

*1 notes from Life application Study Bible pg 142 notes on Exodus 20:7


From the Jar – The Ten Commandments (1st Statement)

Exodus 20:3

You should have no other gods before me

Thus, God made this his first commandment and emphasized it more than the others
Today we can allow certain values to become gods to us:
– money
– fame
– work
– pleasure

these things can become gods when we concentrate too much on them for meaning and security

No one sets out with the intention of worshipping these things
But with the amount of time they occupy in our lives, they can grow into gods that ultimately control our thoughts and energies
Letting God hold the central place in our lives keeps those things from turning into gods**

Jesus and the 10 Commandments
“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ”
Matthew 4:10 NLT

1. What have you allow to become lord and master in your life?
2. What do you find yourself allotting huge amounts of time to?
3. Compare the time you take with God and the time you spend with __________, is it out of proportion?
4. Does God really hold a central place in your life? Why or Why not?
5. What does your life really show, God in control or You in control?
6. What do you find yourself bowing down to when no one else is looking?

**Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Notes on Exodus 20:1-5, page 145

From the Jar – The Ten Commandments (Consider This)

Exodus 20:2

I Am the LORD thy God

The Israelites had just come from Egypt, a land of many idols and many gods Since each god represented a different aspect of life, it was common to worship many gods in order to get the maximum number of blessings
When God told his people to worship and believe in him, that wasn’t so hard for them–he was just one more god to add to the list
But when he said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” that was hard for the people to accept
However, if they didn’t learn that the God who led them out of Egypt was the only true God, they could not be his people–no matter how faithfully they kept the other nine commandments**

1. Do you find that you just add God to your list an you just leave him there with the other things that you let occupy your time?
2. Is God just another god on your list of things to do or to worship alone with your thirst for fame, money, pleasure, and excitement?
3. Where does God rate in your life, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or dead last? What does that look like when one looks into your everyday life?

**Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Notes on Exodus 20:1-5, page 145

From the JAR – The 10 Commandments Study Intro

What are they? Exodus 20:1

  • Verse 1 And God spake all these words saying
  • Verse 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage
  • Verse 3 have Thou Shalt have no other gods before me
  • Verse 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
  • Verse 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyeself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
  • Verse 7 Thou 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
  • Verse 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
  • Verse 12 honour thy father and mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee
  • Verse 13 Thou shalt not kill
  • Verse 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery
  • Verse 15 Thou shalt not steal
  • Verse 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
  • Verse 17 Thou shalt ot covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox,nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s

Why 10 and not 5 or 8?

  • Today we look at the number #10. The number “ten” is used 242 times in the Bible (“tenth” is used 79 times). Those who assign meaning to this number generally say that it is one of 4 numbers, along with 3, 7, and 12, that symbolize perfection or completion. This meaning would be carried on today when we say something or someone is a “10,” meaning perfect.*

What did the laws  signify?

  • Statements of the Covenant
  • The word “covenant, ” infrequently heard in conversation, is quite commonly used in legal, social (marriage), and religious and theological contexts.**
  • The Idea of Covenant. The term “covenant” is of Latin origin (con venire), meaning a coming together. It presupposes two or more parties who come together to make a contract, agreeing on promises, stipulations, privileges, and responsibilities.**
  • In religious and theological circles there has not been agreement on precisely what is to be understood by the biblical term. It is used variously in biblical contexts. In political situations, it can be translated treaty; in a social setting, it means a lifelong friendship agreement; or it can refer to a marriage.**
  • The biblical words most often translated “covenant” are berit [tyir.B] in the Old Testament (appearing about 280 times) and diatheke [diaqhvkh] in the New Testament (at least 33 times).**
  • The origin of the Old Testament word has been debated; some have said it comes from a custom of eating together ( Gen 26:30 ; 31:54 ); others have emphasized the idea of cutting an animal (an animal was cut in half [ 15:18 ]); still others have seen the ideas of perceiving or determining as root concepts.**
  • The preferred meaning of this Old Testament word is bond; a covenant refers to two or more parties bound together. This idea of bond will be explicated more fully.**

Are they relevant today?

Eph. 2:15

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace

There are many barriers that can divide us from other Christians:

  • age
  • appearance
  • intelligence
  • political persuasion
  • economic status
  • race
  • theological perspective

One of the best ways to stifle Christ’s love is to cater only to those for whom we have natural affinity

Fortunately, Christ has knocked down the barriers and unified all believers in one family

His cross should be the focus of our unity

The Holy Spirit helps us look beyound the barriers to the unity we are called to enjoy

By his death, Christ ended the angry resentment between Jews and Gentiles, caused by the Jewish laws which favored the Jews and excluded the Gentiles

Christ died to annul that whole system of Jewish laws

Then he took the two groups that had been opposed to each other and made them parts of himself; thus he fused all believers together to become one new person***

*Thought from What is the significance of the number 10 (ten) in the Bible? by Steve Shirley

**Thoughts from “Covenant”


  1.  Which barrier separates you from other Christians?
  2. Are you even aware of the barriers that separates you from other believers?
  3. Do you focus more on the barriers than relationships?
  4. Where is God in your relationship with others?
  5. How’s your godly love doing today especially when you run into barriers put up by others?

*** Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible notes on Eph. 2:15