Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 164


Taking Yahweh's NAME in Vain #2

"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)

Most people think that the command to not take God's Name in vain is a command to not "cuss"... and nothing could be further from the reality of the command. Let us visit this one more time to ensure that we understand the command... for it has tremendous significance for today.

This is exactly what humans began doing in Genesis after the fall narrative... they began to "call on the Name of Yahweh" for their own personal purpose... and few today realize that this statement at the end of Genesis 4, is actually a great condemnation and culmination of the effects of the fall listed in chapter 4.

"... At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord."
Genesis 4:26 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

This is again the same abuse God is referring to in Isaiah 48 concerning the taking of God's Name in vain.

Many in the Church are actually doing the same today. In the name of "faith" living... the idea is perpetrated that if one gets enough "faith" then one can control God... get what one wishes from God... make God a debtor to man... and Yahweh is not man's debtor.

Many of the same are under the punishment of God for their abuse of His Name.... and don't have enough spiritual sense to realize they are being judged by God.

This is in The Name.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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