8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Taking “the name of the Lord your God in vain” involves speaking or thinking of him lightly. God is a great God, who deserves our complete respect and honor and worship. We cannot take his name lightly. Certainly, we should not use God’s name in a curse. Yet, in order to keep this commandment, we need to do more. We must honor who he is, what he has commanded us to do, and accept his offer of salvation. We must make sure that our actions glorify him. And, we must make sure that we show proper honor to the people he has created and not complain about the situations he has put us in. Use God’s name with great care, making sure that you bring glory to him as you speak of him.
Exodus 20:4 – Summary
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.