There is so much that can be said about the Ten Commandments. There are times when I believe they are so familiar that we don’t really know what they say any more. In fact as I was reading through them verse 7 really stood out to me.
There is a common phrase that I hear all the time. It is a phrase that is not allowed in our home because I find it offensive. Many people prefer to abbreviate it because that has become a fashionable thing to say. I am hesitant to even use the phrase in this post. It seems to be that the Bible is pretty clear that we need to be very careful about how we use the name of our Lord. To use God’s name or even reference to the creator of the universe in a flippant way is not something that we as Christians should be doing.
I find that we like to be so close to the culture we live in, that there are times we don’t want to look any different that those who do not believe what the Bible says. Yet if we are christians, and if we are striving to live in a way that is in accordance to what God is teaching us, the Bible is clear. We must be careful with our words, and how we speak and reference God in our speech.
God wanted the Israelite people to see his power demonstrated in a dramatic way. Even though the people were afraid, God was showing them Himself in only a small portion of his power in order to teach them a lesson.
All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was. Exodus 20:18-21
Moses was telling the people that God wanted the Fear of Him to remain with them. Why? So that they might not sin. It seems like we are so quick to put God into a pretty little box that allows us to view Him as something cozy, and precious. Almost like a genie in a bottle. We begin to believe that we can pray and all that we ask for will be given. When things become difficult or painful we become angry and demand that god behave the way we want him to. We quickly forget that God isn’t something to be tamed, or controlled. Our pride needs to be confessed and we need to humble ourselves. We are not the ones who are controlling our lives. God controls everything and we need to be reminded that the same God who caused the people of Israel to tremble– who just witnessed the plagues of Egypt–is our God today.
The God of the Universe, the Creator of All things, Our Banner who Goes before us into Battle, This is the God we worship. It is important that we have a proper view of who God is, and perhaps we will be less likely to use His name in a way that is dishonoring, and in vain.
Guard your tongues.
As we are reading through the Bible one chapter at a time, we will be and are coming across things that will be challenging to us and our culture, but I pray that these truths will grow us, and remind us that we are to be different from the world around us.