Which is the Third Commandment?

Dear Neighbor,

Which is the third commandment?

The Ten Commandments where first given to Israel by the Mouth of God from Mount Sinai in the desert. These Ten Words of God are recorded for us in Exodus 20:1-17. The preface to the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:2 (NASB)
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

The first commandment, Exodus 20:3 (NASB)
“You shall have no other gods before Me.”

The second commandment, Exodus 20:4-6 (NASB)
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

We have already written about what is required, what is forbidden and what is taught in these first two commandments. Now we move on to the third commandment, Exodus 20:7 (NASB)
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”

Michael Peek
Your Servant for Jesus’ Sake