He . . . called me through His Grace, . . . to reveal His Son
in me, that I might preach Him . . . "  Gal 1:15b-16a

Examples Of Profane - Purposeful - Punishable
and Powerful Uses Of God’s Precious Name

Exo. 20:7

Ex 20:7 NKJV

7 "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.


7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your G-d in vain

NAS 7 "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.


Introduction  “take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” 

            This commandment is against:           false swearing, blasphemy,

            all profane,     trivial,             and irreverent uses of God's name.

It also refers to using God's name in false religions, witchcraft, conjuring — any abuse of His holy name whatsoever.

The right use of His name is confined to sacred things — prayer, praise, prophecy, teaching, worship, and communion with God and saints (Mal 3:16).

[for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain]. The death is specified in Lev 24: and Nu 15.


The Chevy Nova was a relatively successful American car for many years. Encouraged by U.S. sales, Chevrolet began to market the American Nova throughout the world. Unfortunately, the Nova did not sell well in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Additional ads were ordered, marketing efforts were stepped up, but sales remained stagnant. Sales directors were baffled. The car had sold well in the American market; why wasn't it selling now? When they discovered the answer, it was rather embarrassing: In Spanish, Nova means "no go." You do not want your car called No Go.   God’s Name Is not to be Misused Either!


1.       Examples Of The . . Profane Use Of God’s Name and Names.


A.        It Is Profane To Use God’s Name to . . Swear Falsely.

            Lev 19:12 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. NKJV

            Jas 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by

heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment. NKJV

            Mt 26:71-75 71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 But again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the Man!" 73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, "Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you." 74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly. NKJV


B.        It Is Profane To . . Curse Using God’s Name.

Lev 24:11-14 11 And the Israelite woman's son blasphemed the name of the Lord and cursed; and so they brought him to Moses. (His mother's name was Shelomith the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.) 12 Then they put him in custody, that the mind of the Lord might be shown to them. 13 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 14 "Take outside the camp him who has cursed; then let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him. NKJV


Illustration                "Nine Reasons I Swear"

              1.           It pleases my Mother so much.

              2.           It is a fine mark of manliness.

              3.           It proves I have self-control.

              4.           It indicates how clearly my mind operates.

              5.           It makes my conversation so pleasing to everybody.

              6.           It leaves no doubt about my good breeding.

              7.           It is an unmistakable sign of culture and refinement.

              8.           It makes me a very desirable personality among women and children and respectable society.

              9.           It is my way of honoring God who said "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."


C.        It Is Profane To . . Pretend Using God’s Name. Mt. 6:5&7


            1.         Profane To Pretend Praying. Matt. 6:5 & 7

                        Mt 6:5 "And when you pray, you shall no be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. . . . Mt 6:7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. NKJV


            2.         Profane To Pretend Worship. Mt 15:8-9

                        8 "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'" NKJV


These people put the name of the Lord God with their false doctrine. Have you noticed how they arrogantly parade around as if they have the truth and everyone else is in error. A missionary in a Islam country got so tired of hearing the chants to Allah that he hollered, “No, God is God and Jesus is His prophet! “No, God is God and Jesus is His prophet! And through the corridors of that crowded town the sound echoed. “No, God is God and Jesus is His prophet! “No, God is God and Jesus is his prophet! The missionaries son, said, Dad you just can’t stop it can you? And I say Amen! Amen!


Examples Of The . . Profane Use Of God’s Name and Names.


2.       Examples Of The . . Purposeful Use of God’s Name and Names. Mal 3:16-18


A.        The Purposeful Use Of God’s Name . . Excludes Wicked People. Ps 50:16-18

16 But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, 17 Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?

18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers. NKJV


In my opinion, Governor Blagojevich of Illinois gave a good example of a man using anything and everything to make himself look good. I did not hear him use God’s name but I would not be surprised if he did.


B.        The Purposeful Use Of God’s Name . . Includes Praising People.          Mal. 3:16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name. 17 "They shall be Mine," says the Lord of hosts, "On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him." 18 Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him. NKJV


Illustration    EVANGELISM (Josh McDowell)

An executive hirer, a "head-hunter" who goes out and hires corporation executives for other firms, once told me, "When I get an executive that I'm trying to hire for someone else, I like to disarm him. I offer him a drink, take my coat off, then my vest, undo my tie, throw up my feet and talk about baseball, football, family, whatever, until

he's all relaxed. Then, when I think I've got him relaxed, I lean over, look him square in the eye and say, "What's your purpose in life?" It's amazing how top executives fall apart at that question.

    "Well, I was interviewing this fellow the other day, had him all disarmed, with my feet up on his desk, talking about football. Then I leaned up and said, 'What's your purpose in life, Bob?'

And he said, without blinking an eye, 'To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.'

    For the first time in my career I was speechless." What's your purpose in life, my friend?


Examples Of The . . Purposeful Use of God’s Name and Names. Mal 3:16-18


3.       Examples Of Punishable . . Wrong Use Of God’s Name and Names.

NKJV 7 "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. NKJV

NAS 7 "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. NAS


A.        God Knows . . How To Punish

            Ro 2:8-9 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey

            unrighteousness — indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of

            man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; NKJV


B.        God Knows . . Who To Punish

Lk 16:15 And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.


            Gal 6:7-9 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he

            will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he

            who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. NKJV

            Lk 6:44-45 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from

            thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good

            treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart

            brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. NKJV


Examples Of Punishable . . Wrong Use Of God’s Name and Names.


4.       Examples Of The . . Powerful Use of God’s Name and Names.


A.        Powerful In Salvation. Ac 9:27-29

            27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. 29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. NKJV

            Ac 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." NKJV

            Php 2:10-11 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. NKJV


B.        Powerful In . . Healing. James 5:14

            Jas 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. NKJV


Illustration                A MIRACLE FOR ME

It was a miracle when He walked on water, And a miracle when He calmed the troubled sea;

And, yes, I really do believe, That He can still do a miracle for me.

It was a miracle when He raised the dead; And a miracle when He caused the blind eyes to see.

And, yes, I still do believe, That He can do a miracle for me.

It was a miracle all the punishment He took; A miracle how He died upon the tree;

But He isn't still dead, and I believe, He can still do a miracle for me.

Tommy Leake (This young man died still looking for a physical miracle. In heaven he

              received something much better.)


C.        Powerful In . . Redemption. 1 Co 6:9-12

            9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. NKJV


The Super Bowl today has several ball players who are dedicated Christians. I read where the coach of the Pittsburgh Stealers Mike Tomlin talked about his appreciation and respect for former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy. Tomlin said, "First and foremost, I want people to know who I am and what the most important thing is in my life, my relationship with Jesus Christ," Tomlin said in response to a Baptist Press question about his personal faith.


A Missionary to the Orient witnessed a 20 year old native approach a heathen idol. He bowed before it and quickly pulled out a knife and cut out his own tongue, placing it before the idol. Within minutes, the young man had collapsed in a pool of his own blood at the idols feet.

God doesn’t want you tongue cut from your head, but He does want it consecrated and dedicated wholly to His worship, His adoration and His glorification. How are you using your tongue? Remember,

God’s last Name is not Damn!