In the third month after the Israelites had departed from Egypt, they pitched camp in the desert of Sinai.   There God the Father announced to Moses that He would like to make a covenant with the people, that if they accept, they would be His ‘special possession, dearer to Me than all other people, though all the earth is Mine.’ Moses announced this invitation of the Lord to the people and they responded, “Everything the Lord has said, we will do.”
The preparation for the giving of the Law was quite unlike anytime God communicated with His people. The people had to ready themselves by washing their clothes, no person could touch Mount Sinai or its base without incurring a death penalty and there was to be no marital relations for three days before the encounter. As the people remained in the area around the base of Mount Sinai, a dense cloud enveloped the mountain, with loud rumbles of thunder and lightning. There were also loud trumpet blasts to alert the people of this awesome encounter with God. Amidst the trumpet blasts, thunder and tremors on Mount Sinai, the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments. An entire commandment is devoted to the love and reverence due to the Holy Name of the Lord. Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the Name of the Lord, your God, in vain. For the Lord will not leave unpunished him who takes His Name in vain.”
The second commandment asks us to say the Name of the Lord with reverence.
What does ‘taking the Name of the Lord in vain’ mean? In vain means using the holy Name of the Lord in a disrespectful or irreverent way. Americans know exactly how much this commandment is broken in our culture where we have corporate advertising, slogans and speech that use the Holy Name of the Lord with callous irreverence. Say no to trivial use of OMG! Think about your use of God’s Name, sanctify His Name, tell your loved ones to make holy His Name. Correct those who would carelessly pronounce His Name in speech or text. If we all have a greater awareness of the holy Name of the Lord, we will give our loving Father great joy to pronounce His holy Name with the reverence and esteem which He deserves.


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