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Do NOT Blaspheme

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If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15


This is a Bible Study on the 3rd commandment of the 10 commandments spoken of in Exodus 20.



What is the 3rd Commandment of the 10 Commandments?

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain is the third commandment given to us from God to Moses.


III Ė Do not take the name of God in vain

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

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. Deuteronomy 5:11


Who takes the name of the LORD in vain?


Enemies of God take his name in vain.

Are you an enemy of God? 

For they speak wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Psalm 139:20


The word of God states that all people who take the name of the Lord God in vain is God's enemy.



What does 'vain' mean?

Vain means in an irreverent or blasphemous manner.

Vain means being without worth or significance, trivial or insignificant, empty.

Anytime we use the name of God, the Lord, Jesus, Christ, Father, any name of the Lord God, in an irreverent or careless manner, we are breaking God's commandment.

God's name is not an adjective.


What is 'taking the name of the Lord in vain'?

Taking the name of the Lord in vain is irreverent use of God's name, and it is blasphemy.

This is another commandment that is broken every day, by all types of people in the world.  Taking the Lord's name in vain is rampant in the world today. 

Blaspheming God, taking the name of the LORD thy God in vain, it almost seems like it is one of Americaís pastimes.

God's scriptures are very clear - Do NOT misuse the name of the LORD.

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

The LORD will NOT hold those people guiltless that take His Holy name in vain - everyone who blasphemes God will be judged one day. 

Everything that we have said in our life time will be reviewed on the day of Judgment.  Even our thoughts will be judged by God.

We will be held accountable for our life, everything we did and everything we said and everything we thought, before the judgment throne of God.  Nothing is hid from the Almighty God.

How will God judge your life?  What will God say about the way you speak?  What will God say to you when He reviews your life?  What will you say to God?

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. Deuteronomy 5:11

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. Proverbs 30:9


Blaspheming is another tool the devil uses to separate us from God. 

Some of us blaspheme without even realizing it, which the devil really loves, because though our ignorance the devil wins again.

For more information see - Tools of the Devil - Blasphemy


Killed for blaspheming.

Did you know in ancient biblical times people were put to death for blaspheming GodHow times have changed!  Today you canít go anywhere without hearing Godís name blasphemed. 

And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death. Leviticus 24:16


How do we profane the name of God?

Profane is to treat something sacred with abuse, irreverence, or contempt; desecrate; to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use.

And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:12

Do you know the difference between the holy and profane?  (Ezekiel 44:23; 1 Timothy 1:9-11).

We cannot be holy and profane, because the profane are the ungodly, unholy, disobedient to God.

As children of the Most High God we are not to be profane, and we are to avoid, shun, and refuse participation in the profane (1 Timothy 4:7, 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16).

The profane have nothing to do with the things of God.  And the children of God have nothing to do with profanity.


What is blaspheming?

Blaspheming is taking the name of the Lord God in vain, mishandling His Holy name, disrespecting God, and is a sin against God Himself.

When we sin, we are not sinning against other men, or ourselves, no, sin is against God Himself.  Know that all sin is sin against God.

Have you taken the name of the Lord in vain today?  Are you sure?

Using the name of God when swearing is blasphemy.  Swearing is to use profane or obscene language.


When you say the words ďOh my GodĒ are you praying or worshiping God? 

If you are not praying or worshiping God, or addressing God, when you use that phrase, you are taking the name of the Lord in vain.  You are using the name of God irreverently.  You are blaspheming.


Whenever you use the precious Holy name of our Lord inappropriately, irreverently you are blaspheming. 

God is Holy.  God's name is Holy.  God's Holy name is NOT to be used as an adjective to describe something!

When you use the name of God, other than in teaching, or worship and prayer, or communicating with God, or in any way irreverent, you are blaspheming and taking the name of God in vain.


God is our Heavenly Father, our most precious God, our Saviour, the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of all things, Jesus Christ who died for our sins, so we can live in His loving care forever.  

Our Lord Godís holy, beautiful and precious name is being misused as an adjective to express delight or dismay about everything from the color of someoneís car to the smell of food.

Taking the Lord's name in vain is appalling and needs to be stopped! 


Secular expressions that are used in the world to defame, ridicule, belittle and blaspheme our Lord God's Holy precious name, should NOT be tolerated by believers of Jesus Christ. 

As believers, we should NOT condone such sayings and we should never use the devil's language like the lost of the world

We are NOT the lost of the world, we are believers of God the Almighty, we need to start acting like it!    We need to take a stand for our LORD!

We as believers are the children of God, and we should stand up for our Father, our God, who we worship, our God who we love, and our God with who we have the eternal hope of salvation and everlasting life.

Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Mark 8:38


We must educate each other. 

Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. Isaiah 52:5

God knows everything.  God knows that His name continually and every day is blasphemed. 

When someone takes the name of our Lord God in vain, when we hear someone blaspheme our most High God and precious Saviour, use His name as garbage, defile His name, we as the children of God must stand up and tell these people that we are not going to stand for it, we are not going to take it anymore. 

Stand up for your God, your Saviour, the one who made you whole, the one who saved you from sin and death. 

Don't let the devil or people belittle or take anything away from the name of your Lord God in Heaven.

We need to say, "you can't say that about my Lord God", "I won't stand for blaspheming of my Lord and Saviour", "My Lord God is the most treasured name in my life, please refrain from using His name in vain"Saying anything is better than saying nothing.  When we say nothing, they think we believe as they do, that it is okay to use the name of the Lord God in vain.


Counter blaspheme with praise

Some times we are unable to say anything directly to the person blaspheming, maybe we are too far away from the source of the blasphemy.  What I like to do in these cases is to give a shout out to God, I like to say, "Praise the Lord God", "Jesus is Lord", "Bless His Holy name".  I like to counter the blaspheme of others, with a praise to the Most High God.  Maybe I am just being silly, but I think that my "Halleluiah! Jesus is Lord", or "Praise the Lord", cancels out their blasphemy, it does in my heart anyway.


We need to stop being foolish and disrespectful. 

Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. Psalm 74:18


We need to grow up and realize what we are saying.

Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. 1 Timothy 6:1

Special Note:  When we love the Lord, as much as we say we do, we will stand up for Him, defend His name, defend His doctrine.  I have had many friends during my lifetime, from all walks of life, and many curse.  Once I explained my position, with love and caring, they respect me and my view and refrained from speaking like that around me.  You never know if you do not try.  You never know what your friends will say, until you ask them.  Many people have told me that they really don't pay that much attention to it, and didn't realize what they were saying.  And, yes, we are all still friends.



Who is allowed to blaspheme God?

No one is allowed to blaspheme God.  There is no one who is exempt from the commandments of God.  No one is permitted by God to blaspheme Him.

The lost and the saved, both are NOT allowed to blaspheme God. 

God will NOT let blasphemy go unpunished.  No one is exempt from the judgment of God.

God will pass judgment on every person. 

We will be judged by God, for every word we have ever said throughout our lives.

There is nothing hid from God, He sees and hears everything that we do and have done throughout our entire lives.

Blaspheme is NOT hid from God.  God hears every word, that every person says and thinks in our lifetime.



When is blaspheme not forgiven by God?

After we are dead, it is too late to seek forgiveness for any sin.  God says that we all die once, and after our death we will be judged.  There is no period after we die to ask God for forgiveness of our sins. 

We must seek God, turn from sin, and ask God for forgiveness of our sin against Him, while we are alive.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 6:27



Who blasphemes the name of our Lord God?

The devil and his followers blaspheme God

The enemy of God blasphemes His name.  Are you the enemy of God?  We know the devil is the enemy of God.  Are you following the devil in blaspheme?


Donít be like the devil, donít blaspheme God

The enemy of God blasphemes His name.

O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Psalm 74:10

For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy avenger. Psalm 44:16


The foolish blaspheme God

Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. Psalm 74:18

The children of God are not foolish people, because we have received the truth of God, which makes us wise unto salvation.  The children of God receive wisdom from God.

God's definition of foolish people is different from the world.  The foolish people God speaks of in the Bible are the lost, the unrepentant sinner, the unwise, the disobedient, the condemned, the cursed, say there is no God, the wicked, the unbelieving people of the world who do not choose salvation, who do not believe in Christ Jesus to salvation, who will perish in their sins, who will be separated from God for all eternity (Psalm 5:5; 53:1, Proverbs 1:7; 9:6; 14:9).

Have you blasphemed God?  If you have - you must repent from your sin against God and ask God for His loving forgiveness, and He will forgive you.

You need to repent and stop taking the Lord's name in vain and blaspheming.

Why should you quit blaspheming?  Because we love God and we respect and honor His Holy name.  His name is due honor and glory for all that He is.

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. Deuteronomy 5:11


Pray for forgiveness with sincerely from your heart.

Prayer of repentance and forgiveness for blasphemy:

Dear Lord God, Thank you for all the many gifts you have given me.  I praise your Holy name.  Thank you for your gift of salvation. I ask with all my heart, that you forgive me for taking your holy, precious name in vain, forgive me for blaspheming.  I ask your forgiveness for breaking your holy commandment.  I repent of my sin and will not take your name in vain or blaspheme anymore.  I love you Father God and pray you will help me keep all your commandments. Bless me and keep me safe in your loving arms. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Know that when we pray to God, and repent from sin and ask for His forgiveness, that He will forgive us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9


When is it appropriate to use "Oh, My GOD!"?

The name of God is misused, blasphemed everywhere in our society today.  One expression, phase, term, blaspheme that is most popular with people today is "Oh, My GOD!".  This phrase is used for surprise or used as and adjective to emphasis, rather than to praise and give glory to God. 

When should this phrase be used?  When is it appropriate?  O my God is used when we pray to our Most High God, when we worship our Creator, when we praise our Heavenly Father, when we seek fellowship with Jesus.

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Psalm 25:2

Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Psalm 38:21

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. Psalm 71:4

O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. Psalm 71:12


Love the Lord thy God and keep his commandments.

Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. Deuteronomy 8:6

Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. Deuteronomy 11:1

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9


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