Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 163


Taking Yahweh's NAME in Vain

"Listen to this, house of Jacob- those who are called by the name Israel and have descended from Judah, who swear by the name of the LORD and declare the God of Israel, [but] not in truth or righteousness. For they are named after the Holy City, and lean on the God of Israel; His name is Yahweh of Hosts."
Isaiah 48:1-2 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Do you know what it means to take God's Name in Vain? The King James Version states it that way in the 10 commandments in Exodus 20:7. The Holman Christian Standard Bible translates it more clearly for our day.
"Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will punish anyone who misuses His name."
Exodus 20:7 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

This is exactly what God is referring to in Isaiah 48, and it is the true meaning of "taking God's Name in vain." It means to abuse the Name/reputation of God by taking His Name upon one's self in a wrongful manner. This is what the Hebrews were doing, taking God's Name upon themselves as though they were... special... and therefore gave themselves permission to live as they wished.

Yahweh will punish such as this... ever time.

This is in The Name.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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