What is the Reason Annexed to the Third Commandment?
Many times a day, the name of the Lord is taken in vain. It is so common in our society to hear the name of God or the name of His Son taken in vain. You may not even notice the name of God or His Christ taken in vain. It is common in television shows and in movies. In fact, it rolls off the tongue without a thought, thus making the name of the Lord our God vanity.
Exodus 20:7b (NASB)The LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
This is the reason annexed to the third commandment. Though a person may take the name of the Lord our God in vain and go unpunished among men, the Lord God will not let them go unpunished. They are storying up wrath for themselves, for the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:5)
Have you ever taken the name of the Lord your God in vain? Have you used the name of the Lord your God or the name of the Son of God in an irreverent manner? There is forgiveness of this sin against God, for all who repent of their sin and trust in the name of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ!
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