“HALLOWED BE THY NAME” – The Third Commandment / THE SABBATH MESSAGE FOR APRIL 27, 2013, love

This article is our Third in our series on the Ten Commandments and has been abbreviated for posting. Be sure to read and study all the scriptures quoted.

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In the last two articles of this series, we showed that the First Commandment forbids making a god out of anything—putting it in place of the true and living God. The Second Commandment governs how to worship the true and living God. God is the great Educator—He demands that we worship Him in the manner He chooses. God lovingly shows us what dangers to avoid in worship. Men must never make a graven image—any aid, picture or physical object—to worship God or to represent God. God wants to be worshiped directly “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). A truly converted person does not need a physical aid to worship God.

The Third Commandment shows us how to properly use God’s great name. Let us continue our study of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. God personally spoke to His people a third time from Mount Sinai. He said, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).

People may not realize it, but the abuse of God’s name is commonplace in our modern world. Look at our entertainment industry. Each night on television and in movies, God’s name is used in a flippant manner continuously. It seems as if the writers of such entertainment look for every possible way to make the use of God’s name into a punch line. Decades ago, this current custom was known for exactly what it is—profanity! Use of profanity on television and in movies was not permitted. Look at how far we have degenerated in our language and conversation. Even little children are accustomed to using God’s name as an expletive.

This is considered a very serious sin to God. God warned Israel, “I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name(Leviticus 20:3). This verse speaks of the first three commandments directly. God will not stand for our frivolous use of His name much longer. In fact, as stated in Leviticus, God is going to deal personally with our disobedience of the Third Commandment.

It is also a common custom to use God’s name in connection with damning someone. This is not using God’s name truthfully. Why? It is not God’s intention to damn any human being. To believe that it is in God’s nature or character to damn men is heresy and a lie! God desires to save all men. Jesus Christ told His disciples, “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56). To call on God to damn someone is to ask God to do something He never desires to do. It is true that some men will eventually suffer the punishment of the lake of fire. However, the fault will be with the lack of their repentance — not with God’s intention.

It is a violation of the Third Commandment to make light of the name of God in jokes or stories. This robs God of the deep veneration and respect that His high office as Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of the universe deserves.

Some try to avoid the misuse of God’s name by substituting another seemingly more acceptable word, called a euphemism, in place of God’s name. Using such words is still a violation of the Third Commandment. We must rid such expressions from our conversations. Never forget Jesus Christ’s instruction in the model prayer: We are to always hallow—or venerate—God’s name (Matthew 6:9).

Making the proper use of His name one of the Ten Commandments shows that God places great weight on this issue. To disrespect God’s name is a sin and carries the penalty of death (Romans 6:23). Why is that? What is in a name?

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In the Bible, personal names carry significant meaning. Names often indicate the character and nature, or the attributes, of an individual. The Bible states that Adam named his wife Eve because she was the “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). The Hebrew word for Eve is Chavvah, meaning life-giver. At times, God renamed individuals in the Bible indicating the identification of an office, position of authority or change in character. God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “a father of many nations,” because that was his God-ordained destiny (Genesis 17:5). When the patriarch Jacob wrestled with God all night, God changed his name to Israel (Genesis 32:28). The name Jacob in the Hebrew means heel-catcher or supplanter. It carries a negative overtone—implies a devious nature. Jacob did scheme with his mother against his aged, blind father to steal his brother’s birthright. He supplanted, or unseated, Esau from receiving Isaac’s blessing. His new name, Israel, in the Hebrew means to rule or prevail as God. The name change implies that by tests and trials God transformed Jacob’s character to that of godly righteousness.

This Hebrew tradition of name-giving, certainly applies to God’s name. Why? God is the originator of the tradition! God’s name reveals His high rank, authority, interests, deeds and—most important of all—His righteous character. In fact, the Bible shows that God has many names. Why? No one name can adequately express God’s fullness. Each name carries important meaning.

God wants all people to know Him and He tells us who He is through His Names. Open up your Bible and search this matter out.

God brought Moses into His presence through the miracle of the burning bush. He introduced Himself; “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6). Moses actually never saw God here—just the flames. At this divinely initiated meeting, God commissioned Moses to return to Egypt and bring His people out of slavery. Moses was reluctant to accept God’s commission. He looked for ways to get out of the job. Before the conversation ended, Moses wanted to know God’s name. He said, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, what is his name? What shall I say unto them?” (Verse 13). God then identified Himself as I AM THAT I AM [YHVH]” (verse 14). God told Moses that He is the Eternal, Ever Living or Self-Existent One. This is God’s name forever (verse 15).

When Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt, God revealed another name to Moses to encourage him. God told Moses, “I am the Lord: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah [YHVH] was I not known to them” (Exodus 6:2-3). The name God Almighty comes from the Hebrew words El Shaddai, meaning strength, mighty and power. God showed Moses that he could rely on His almighty power—for God is the source of all power in heaven and in the universe.

The other names of God listed in the Bible are Most High God (El Elyown), Lord (Adonai), Everlasting God (El Owlam), Lord of Hosts (Jehovah Sabaoth), God our Healer (YHVH-Rapha), and the most important of all, God (Elohim). Any good Bible lexicon will give the meanings of these names. Throughout the Bible, God’s name is connected with His actions, His mercy, His faithfulness, His wisdom and His love. In the first several verses of Psalm 91, four of God’s names are used: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (verses 1-2).  What a powerful Psalm by one who knew God so intimately as to invoke four of His names in prayer.

Those of us who are called by the Name of God must also seek a more intimate knowledge of God and live so as not to bring shame upon the name of God but rather Glorify His name in our lives. (Matthew 5:16)

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Jealousy – The Attributes of A Christian

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There are two types of jealousies. There is godly jealousy whereby there is intense zeal or fervor over something dear to us. In fact, both the Old and New Testament words for jealousy are also translated “zeal.” Being jealous and being zealous is essentially the same thing in the Bible. God is zealous—eager about protecting what is precious to Him. (Exodus 20:4-5) God wants what is His: the exclusive devotion of His people. And it is only right and good that He should. We should likewise jealously seek after God our creator and the spiritual riches which are ours in Christ Jesus. This is godly Zeal.

Then there is the type of jealousy referred to as envy. This is when godly jealousy or zeal has degenerated into something contrary to God. It is a twisted perversion of righteous zeal. It is a feeling of displeasure over the blessings others are enjoying and it makes us want to deprive them of that enjoyment. God is not capable of experiencing this type of sinful jealousy. However, as human beings born into sin and shaped by iniquity, we may experience this type of jealousy easily and with little provocation.

Another version of sinful jealousy may be understood as covetous admiration. This is when one admires another’s fortunes, status, talents, gifts or possessions to such an extent that they develop and express an excessive desire to have them for themselves. In actuality They are conflicted within themselves. They admire the other person openly but they secretly envy them as well.  Those who experience this type of jealousy usually becomes dissatisfied with their own fortunes, status, talents, gifts and possessions and viciously and surreptitiously seek to injure and criticize those whom they are jealous of and rob them of their possessions, status, honor, respect and positive public image. 

Sinfully jealous people are folks who don’t really like themselves or others.

Sadly, I have observed this spiritual illness in some of our churches and among a lot of our pastors. But this behavior and this emotion should not be found or tolerated in the Church (body of Christ). Yet, it is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s Christian churches and among today’s contemporary preachers than ever before. I personally can attest to the viciousness, self-centeredness and sinful depravity of some jealous folks in the church – folks who, because of jealousy, irrevocably killed the pastoral career of several promising pastors while chasing would-be church members away.

I am convinced that if the congregants and the pastors of some of these jealous, self-minded churches were genuinely saved – born-again according to God’s anointed plan of salvation (John 3:3-7 and Acts 2:38) – that they would learn through obedience to God’s Word and through the revelation of the Holy Spirit to love like God loves and have a zeal for His righteousness.

God wants us to have the same jealousy (zeal) toward each other as He has toward us – to be jealous for one another’s best interests. Paul said that Epaphras felt that way toward his Christian friends at Colossae: “For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis” (Colossians 4:13). His jealousy for them led him to pray for them daily.

consider othersIf we are truly saved and endowed with God’s Holy Spirit we would share God’s jealousy for other saints of God, we would be busily engaged in intercessory prayer, faithfully bringing their needs to God’s attention. Our prayer lives would not be wholly occupied with our own problems or wants, but we would beseech God on behalf of the specific needs of others in the body of Christ. Instead of praying to be blessed better than others, we would pray that others be saved and blessed better than they already are.

Paul said, “For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2). Apostle Paul had promised the converts at Corinth to Christ, their spiritual bridegroom, and it was his desire to present them to their husband as a pure bride, untainted with the distorted doctrine of those false apostles. For that reason, he faithfully taught them the truth at great personal sacrifice and encouraged them to submit to it.

If we shared God’s jealousy for others, if we had divine zeal dwelling within us, we would want what is best for others and rejoice in others successes, accomplishments, talents, gifts, possessions and status. We would consider others better than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3) If we were filled with godly jealousy, we would pattern our lives after Christ in the hope that others would see Christ in us and seek after Him. If we cared about others with the sacrificial love of God, we would seek to encourage one another and build each other up as opposed to being sinfully jealous of each other and tearing each other down. If we are truly filled with the  Holy Spirit of God, we would zealously seek to please God and share the Eternal Truths of His Gospel of Salvation.

Therefore, I challenge us to examine ourselves today. Are we jealous for the things of this world or are we zealous for God and His righteousness?  Do You HaveZeal Passion Godly

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