Day 3

Scripture

Exodus 20:7 TLV

“You must not take the Name of Adonai your God in vain, for Adonai will not hold him guiltless that takes His Name in vain.

Heart Thoughts

There is a close identity between ourselves and our names. When someone laughs at your name, or mispronounces it, you often feel slighted. This is even more true of our name in the broader sense of “reputation.” To injure my good name is to injure me; to revere my name is to revere me.

There is a similar identity between God’s Name and God himself. To praise his Name is to praise him. To despise his Name is to despise him. To take His Name in vain is to treat God like a vain thing. The Name has all of God’s attributes and performs all of His acts. His Name is his presence in the world.

 In Muslim theology, God’s highest and truest Name is unrevealed, and, some theologians in the Christian tradition have agreed with their Muslim contemporaries and said that God is nameless. I am sure these statements are intended to protect God’s sovereignty. But they do not agree with Scripture, in which God freely reveals his Names to us.

God reveals His Name to us and expects us to treat His Name with the same honor we would treat His person. God does not wish to remain nameless like the Muslims believe and some Christians. God delights in us knowing His Name and calling on His Name with respect, honor and glory. Yes, He takes a great risk by revealing His Name but it is a risk He is willing and desires to take.

Brachah

May the Holy One of Israel give you a revelation of the glory of His Name. May you encounter the rich fulness of all He is and at the same all His Name means. May His name be like a sweet aroma that is ever adored by you.

For the Feed

There is a similar identity between God’s Name and God himself. To praise his Name is to praise him. To despise his Name is to despise him. To take His Name in vain is to treat God like a vain thing. The Name has all of God’s attributes and performs all of His acts. His Name is his presence in the world.