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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:27

Ten Commandments- Commandment 2

The 10 Commandments

This Week’s Focus

The Second Commandment
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

Bible Teaching
Misuse of God’s name–Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 24:13-16; Matthew 5:33-37; Matthew 27:38-44; James 3:5-10; Revelation 22:18-19

Proper use of God’s name–Psalm 98; Psalm 116; Luke 1:46-55, 67-79; John 16:23-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9

Quote
   “Now you understand what it means to take God’s name in vain. In sum, it means (a) to use His name simply for purposes of falsehood, (b) to assert in God’s name something that is not true, or (c) to curse, swear, use spells, and, in short, to practice whatever wickedness one may.
   Besides this you must also know how to use God’s name rightly.  For when He says, ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain,’ He wants us to understand at the same time that His name is to be used properly. For His name has been revealed and given to us so that it may be of constant use and profit. So it is natural to conclude that since this commandment forbids using the holy name for falsehood or wickedness, we are, on the other hand, commanded to use His name for truth and for all good, like when someone takes an oath truthfully when it is needed and it is demanded (Numbers 30:2).  This commandment also applies to right teaching and to calling on His name in trouble or praising and thanking Him in prosperity, and so on.” Martin Luther, The Large Catechism, Concordia, p. 365.

Our Confession
·         We confess that the name of God (as discussed in this Commandment) is any and all ways God has revealed Himself, including His attributes
·         We confess that our proper use of God’s name is to pray in faith to Him, to show our trust in Him when we speak of Him, to thank Him for His blessings, to praise Him in and out of our worship services, and in any way possible to build and edify others by our use of His name. 
·         We reject any careless or useless mention of God in everyday speech.
·         We reject cursing using God’s name, either through blasphemy, false doctrine, or familiar speech.
·         We reject any and all satanic arts, especially those that use God’s name.
·         We reject all lying or deceiving using God’s name.

Discussion Questions
1. What are the consequences of “God damn you” and what would happen if He did so?
2. What common misuses exist and what are the positive counterparts?
3. How is false teaching a misuse of God’s name and why should we so firmly defend the truth?
4.  What proper oaths have you taken and how does the fact that they are promises to God affect your actions?
5.  How does, or should, our congregation reflect these truths?

Prayer
Gracious God, we pray that you would glorify Your name through us by the words we speak and the lives we live. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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