Today we look at the third of the Ten Commandments, which says,
“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
We need to begin with a brief description of the name of God. In the Word of God (King James Version [KJV]), when we find the word “LORD” all in upper case letters, it is the translation of the Hebrew name of the God of the Bible, JEHOVAH or JAHWEH. This God is the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Therefore when we are speaking about honoring, reverencing, or profaning the name of God, we mean any person of this divine trinity. God told His people through Moses, “that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;” (Deut. 28:58)
The name LORD or Jehovah is found at least 6,519 times in the Old Testament. The shortened form JAH is found an additional 49 times. This shortened form is most often found in the Psalms and used with the Hebrew word “halal” which means “praise.” Thus we have our
English word “HALLELUJAH” or (misspelled) “ALLELUIA” which means “Praise the LORD” or “Praise Jehovah!”
Let us also state by way of introduction that the Name of the LORD stands for His nature, His attributes, His words, and His works. As one man of God said it, “Anything pertaining to God should be spoken of with the greatest sobriety.” The inspired Psalmist said this about His holy name, “holy and reverend is his name.” Psalm 111:9 [This is one reason why it is wrong for men to go by such titles.] Our Lord in the model prayer taught us, “Hallowed be thy name.” Psalm 135 verse thirteen says, “Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever;” because God Himself endureth forever.