The Ten Commandments: Commandments 3 & 4

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Exodus 20: 7,8  (NIV)

The Third Commandment is “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.” What this commandment means is that we should not just throw the Lord’s name around as if it was a common thing. Saying God’s name in the place of a swear word, such as “Oh my God” or saying “God” in a frustrated tone of voice is misusing His name. Using the Lord’s name in this manner shows that we have little respect for God and that His name means little to us.

Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holey

There is also another way that we can misuse the Lord’s name. As Christians we are a representation of God Himself. What we do and say represents our opinion of God, and it can also affect the opinion of others about God as well. It was so important to God that we act righteously in His name that He made it a commandment!

The fourth, and probably one of the most important commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” The Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week that God set aside for us as a day of rest. It is a day when we do not work; where we spend time with family and worship God. But the Sabbath is much more then a day of rest, it is the most debated subject in all of Christendom.

The majority of Christians believe that the Sabbath is on Sunday instead of Saturday.  There is no Biblical proof at all of any change in the Bible at all. According to the catholic publication, Catholic Virginian, “...nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.”

Even though this is true most Christians still worship the Sabbath on Sunday because it is what they grew up with. It becomes a mindset and a lifestyle, and people are very reluctant to change such things. But we must realize that keeping the Sabbath on the true Sabbath day  is a sign of loyalty to God, acknowledging Him as the Creator. In the final days of Earth, when the Sunday Law is passed, keeping this commandment will prove who the true followers of God are.

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Posted on April 25, 2012, in Spiritual Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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