Something Don’d on Me! 2-20-19

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7
O be careful little tongue what you say
O be careful little tongue what you say
For the Father up above, is looking down in love
So, be careful little tongue what you say”
It’s not as popular, because it’s the third verse of the old kids song…but it’s still true. How careful are we with our WORDS? A wise person once said, “Many things are opened by mistake, but none so frequently as one’s mouth.” James calls the tongue “A little member, but it does big things.” He even goes as far to say “Great forests are started on fire by small things like a tongue” (James 3:5-8)
If you haven’t noticed lately, I’ve been spending time in these articles on the Ten Commandments. I see them as a Code of Ethics that God handed down to His people. Remember…there’s not just 10, there’s 613 in the original…but we’re going to focus on the Big Ten we know. I’m looking at #3 this week: “Don’t take the Lord’s Name in vain.” Growing up, this was the one that always was used to tell the Youth Group to stop cussing. And while it IS that…it’s so much more!
Have you ever wondered why we end every prayer with “In Jesus Name, Amen.”? I grew up with that phrasing as many of you did. I just always thought that was the “OFFICIAL” ending to a prayer! Maybe, if I don’t use that ending, it’s not really a prayer?? Sadly, I think many Christians use phrases like almost like an “Abra-cadbra” wording…to make sure our prayers work.
What if that phrase is even MORE? What if – by declaring the greatness of Jesus – it is saying that all of my prayer requests are OUTSIDE of my power! In the name of Jesus-I CANNOT accomplish, but He can! And it’s that phrase that got me thinking about Commandment #3!
In the NIV version shown above, it uses the wording “shall not MISUSE the Name of the Lord.” I wonder how many times we CASUALLY overlook God. We throw His name at the end of a prayer…just to make it official. When in reality, PRAYER is the act of surrendering my authority to His. Maybe my conversation should be reflected that way too!
Maybe the 3rd Commandment is so much MORE than just “Don’t use bad language.” Maybe the purpose of THIS command is to remind us of the GREATNESS of God and that He is not casual. Not casual in our language. Not casual in our prayers. And not casual in our life! The Ten Commandments remind us of the CHARACTER of God and THAT is the Code by which we should live!
Maybe it wouldn’t hurt us to sing that chorus in our head a little more often! “O be careful little tongue what you say…For the Father up above, is looking down in love…So, be careful little tongue what you say! And may we HONOR the name of our Lord!
Shalom Alachiem – Peace Be Unto You