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.
The thought of someone taking the LORD’s Name in vain is nauseating and causes you to want to regurgitate when you are unfortunate enough to hear it done. We of course think about the LORD’s Name being taken in vain in reference to someone cursing. That is inexcusable and just never should be done.
Can we, unknowingly, be guilty of the same thing however?
The word in the Hebrew that is translated as vain in Exodus 20:7 means emptiness, vanity, falsehood, emptiness of speech and worthless conduct. I think we can be guilty of taking the LORD’s Name in vain without understanding we are doing so.
We end our prayers by saying, “In Jesus Name,” as we are taught to do. Then after praying and sometimes even while our mouth is speaking the words of prayer, we are thinking or feeling in our heart, God will never do this for me. Isn’t that taking the LORD’s Name in vain? Did that attitude just make the LORD’s Name vain, empty or meaningless to me?
When we assume the attitude and have the thoughts that things are out of control and can never be right in my life again, did I take the LORD’s Name in vain by making it empty and meaningless in my own eyes?
The word vanity also means falsehood or lying. If I tell a lie or pass on gossip, without knowing if what I’m repeating is true, am I taking the LORD’s Name in vain and making it empty and meaningless? What must people think when they hear someone they know that claims to be a Christian, telling all sorts of things without a clue if what they are saying is true? Do we make the LORD’s Name empty and meaningless in someone else’s eyes with our behavior and speech?
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. LORD God Almighty in heaven above, please open our eyes, this day, to see where we make your Name empty and meaningless in our own eyes and in the eyes of others.