The Ten Commandments (3) – “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain … ” (Exodus 20:7).

Learning From God's Word

We have looked together at the first two commandments – “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and “Thou shalt not make any graven image.” We have focused on two key themes – First, God is the God of our salvation. He is the God who saves us. He does this through his Son, Jesus Christ; Second, In saving us, God has this great purpose – to recreate us in his own image, making us more like our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

With these two great truths before us – the Lord has saved us and is continually at work within us to make us more like himself, we turn to the third commandment – “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

Taking the Lord’s name in vain – what does this mean? It means taking the Lord’s name lightly. It means…

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