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The Second Commandment

Feb 09, 2020
The Ten Commandments
2 Kings 19:14-19; 2 Kings 19:32-37
Pastor Kirk Thorson


We continue our look at the Ten Commandments with an examination of "you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain." Press the play button above to listen to the message and view the sermon preview notes below.

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We continue our time together in looking at the Ten Commandments. Our time today will involve a deeper look at the Second Commandment which forbids us from taking the Lord's name in vain. To use God's name in vain means to use it in an empty or thoughtless manner.

The Jews took this command so seriously that they didn’t even say the proper name of God, roughly rendered “Yahweh.” Not only was this word revered so much it was never spoken, special care was taken even when writing it in scrolls. The scribes who made copies of the Old Testament by hand would change pens, or even bathe, after writing the name only once.

That behavior may have been a bit over the top, but the idea behind it was correct: Don’t take the name of the Lord your God in vain. It is way too important to use it in an empty or light-hearted manner. There are some further applications to this commandment, and we’ll examine them in the life of King Hezekiah as found in 2 Kings 19:14-19.

Serving Christ alongside you,
Pastor Kirk Thorson

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