You would probably not ever want to go shopping with me. I am not a “let’s go shopping together” kind of girl! I really don’t like to shop! I shop at a handful of stores, but that’s it! If a store has the words pottery or crate or Home or vintage in it… well, bring it on! Other than that, I am a lone wolf shopper! If I have to shop, I hunt down my merchandise prey alone. That way I have time to think and strategize about the mission! In… attack… out! No fooling around. Precision and quick strikes! Browsing is a very bad word to me! I do my browsing in magazines, not stores! And long check out lines make me want to leave everything in my cart and head for the nearest exit!
This week I had a shopping experience that stopped me in my tracks… shopping cart and all!
I had to make a trip to a “big box store”. UGH! THE worst!!! What is it about malls and big, big stores that suck the life out of me? They make me tired! Well, anyway… I needed several items and off I went with a shopping list and my fastest sneakers on!
On my shopping list was a white quilt. I wanted an inexpensive one to sew into a seat pad for my back porch swing. While perusing the bedding isle, I came across a pillow that said… as proud and sweet as possible… OMG! It was all girly and cute and pink and glittery and propped up in the back-to-college isle! OMG! This little pillow, all cute and oh, so girly… made me sick! It literally had a visceral effect on me. The pit of my stomach sank, my mouth dropped open and I was shocked! I wondered how many little girls or college girls or grown up women would be thrilled to find that cute and girly OMG pillow!
The pillow was adorable, but the message was not… and I am not being overly dramatic! Let’s look at why this current and catchy phrase is so so wrong!
YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN, FOR THE LORD WILL NOT HOLD HIM GUILTLESS WHO TAKES HIS NAME IN VAIN. Exodus 20:7
To understand this verse it’s critical to know what a person’s name means. In ancient time one’s name was very important. A person’s name symbolized their character. Who they were… what they were all about. A name carried with all the attributes of someone! I don’t know if you are old enough to remember your parents saying, “Don’t do anything that would hurt our family name”! Because our names represent who we are. Even though it was considered old fashioned, when our children were growing up we taught them that our name… their name’s… were important and went with them throughout their lives. And that they needed to be careful of their actions because what they did would be associated to their name’s!
When God says to not take His name in vain He means not to use His name when it does not represent His character! The word vain in Hebrew (the original language this verse was written in) is LAS-SAW… pronounced SHAV. It carries the meaning of worthlessness, emptiness, vanity, to no good purpose. God is saying… don’t use my name in any other way than to proclaim who I am… my character… my glory! When we use God’s name “in vain”, or in other words for any other purpose, we defame God! Think about that!
Let’s look at what else God says about His name…
AND MY HOLY NAME I WILL MAKE KNOWN IN THE MIDST OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, AND I WILL NOT LET MY HOLY NAME BE PROFANED ANY MORE. Ezekiel 39:7
The word holy is KODESH in Hebrew. Said, ko’-desh. It is the idea of something so special that it is “set apart” from anything ordinary. It means sacred and something dedicated or set apart for a special purpose. God’s holy name is set apart to be used only for the proclaiming of his character… his Glory!
Not only the word “God ” is holy… but all other names He goes by are too!
FOR THIS REASON ALSO, GOD HIGHLY EXULTED HIM (JESUS), AND BESTOWED ON HIM THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, SO THAT AT THE NAME OF JESUS, EVERY KNEE WILL BOW OF THOSE WHO ARE IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH AND UNDER THE EARTH AND EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD, TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER. Philippians 2:10-11.
The name of Jesus…. the NAME… is so great and Jesus is so magnificent that His name is set above all others. And at the very mention of “Jesus” all creation bows in honor and subordination to Him. And everyone should sing the praises of Jesus and acknowledge Him as Creator of all and Owner of all and over all! And when we give Jesus’ name this correct honor, we glorify God!!!
Why then, do we use God’s name and Jesus’ name as a curse… as empty words? God says when we do so we will NOT BE HELD GUILTLESS!
The bible is full of verses that tell us that God’s name is special… holy… and should not be used in a way that would discredit, and disgrace and hurt His character.
I was in a long line at a store (UGH!) and there was a woman in back of me complaining about the wait. She finished her rant with “Oh, God!” I turned around and said, “You ARE calling on the right ONE, you are just using the wrong tone”. Should we not stand up for God’s name? Of all the things we protect shouldn’t that be the most important. If you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior YOU carry His name! You are a CHRISTian. Isn’t it important to protect your family name?
I honestly think if people knew how detestable using God’s name was, they would stop! It is worse than using the most foul and vulgar words.
I prayed for every girl or woman who would buy that sweet and sparkly and horrible OMG pillow. I prayed they would come to know that OMG is not a cute saying, but a curse! I pray that we all know the beauty and grace and mercy and Salvation behind the great and glorious name of GOD! And we give God’s name the respect it deserves and treat it as if we were walking on holy ground!
May the awesome God of the universe bless you and by His holy name give you peace!
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