A SUMMER SERIES ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS- With emphasis on the New Testament
3rd Command- Thou shalt not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.(Col. 3:17)
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Thoughts: God gave Jesus the name above every name. It is the name that is not to be misused. It is the name that elicits worship and bowing down. The name of Jesus ("The Lord saves") is an essential part of the Lord's name. To know that the very essence of God is to help and save us is of ultimate importance so that we may trust in Him. When we worship at the name of Jesus, it does not misuse God's name, but glorifies it. The opposite of misusing the name of Christ is honoring His name in worship. So Jesus teaches us to pray in His name- which brings worship and glory to God. So whatever we do should be done in His name and to His glory.
Prayer: I bow at your name, O Lord. May I hold your name of salvation utmost in my heart. May I not doubt your help, but trust in you to help in the right time.