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Friday, June 14 2013

For The Love Of God: 3

"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments"

The actual Hebrew word of the Third Commandment, most-often translated into English as vain is (pronounced) shawv. It has two literal definitions; one means evil, while the other means to lie, as a matter of personal vanity. Both of those meanings are manifested in how the Third Commandment is violated.

"20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Exodus 20:7 KJV)

The first, vain meaning evil, is very commonly seen, or rather heard, when people use God's Name, or the Son of God's Name, as a form of vulgar expression, or profanity - which are forms of blasphemy. People who do this may think that only themselves, or the people who they are talking to, know that they're doing it, but God can hear them every time they blaspheme Him or His Son.

When God's Name is blasphemed:

Pharisees and Herodians

"52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed." (Isaiah 52:5 KJV)

When the name of Jesus Christ is blasphemed (for the "Sacred Name" people who insist that "Jesus" is not the Messiah's Name too, does that mean that using "Jesus" in a profanity isn't wrong?):

"2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?" (James 2:7 KJV)

And how should God's people speak?

"2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2:16 But shun profane and vain babbling: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." (2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV)

The other category, those who violate the Third Commandment by vanity, are very often highly-offended when they hear the Name of God or Jesus Christ used as a profanity as described above, and yet they are just as guilty of using God's, or the Son of God's, Name in vain.

How can this be?

Because they use the Name of God to seem righteous, in their own eyes or someone else's, or they use the Name of the Son of God to claim to be Christian, all without truly obeying God according to God's Own Word (see Who Can Be Saved? and the Fact Finder question below). Taking the Name of the Son of God, claiming to be Christian, is vain in God's sight if it's nothing more than a self-serving, self-indulgent "I'll do it my way" religious experience.

Ignoring the actual Word of God while claiming to be Christian is taking the Son of God's Name in vain i.e. "Howbeit in vain do they worship me":

"7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do." (Mark 7:6-8 KJV)

Merely claiming the Name of God's Son for one's self does not make one a true Christian:

"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:21-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: How can we make sure that we are not living in the Name of the Messiah, as Christians, in vain?
See Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?

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This Day In History, June 14

1215: The Magna Carta (Latin for Great Charter), a key document in British constitutional history, was issued by King John at Runnymede.

1285: Forces led by Prince Tran Quang Khai of Vietnam's Tran Dynasty destroyed the invading Mongol fleet in a naval battle at Chuong Duong.

1287: Kublai Khan defeated the Nayan and other Borjigin princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria.

Mutiny On The Bounty 1381: Richard II of England met leaders of the Peasants' Revolt (which was incited by the sermons of a communist preacher, and led by a roofer, Wat Tyler) on Blackheath.

1645: The Battle of Naseby during the English Civil War; 12,000 Royalists were defeated by 15,000 Parliamentarians.

1789: Captain William Bligh and 18 others who had been cast adrift after the mutiny on the HMS Bounty reached Timor in the East Indies after a voyage of nearly 4,000 miles in an open boat.

1807: The Battle of Friedland during the Napoleonic Wars.

1919: British pilots Johns Williams Alcock and Arthur Witten Brown took off from St. John's, Newfoundland, on the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1940: The Swastika was hoisted on the Eiffel Tower as the German army entered and occupied Paris.

1940: Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was opened near German-occupied Krakow, Poland. Before its liberation by the Allies in 1945, over 3 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered there.

1941: During the Second World War, on the eve of the allied invasion of German-threatened Syria (then in Vichy control), Jewish troops engaged Arab and Vichy forces.

1947: The dates of the alleged "Roswell UFO incident" whereby a UFO crash lands in Roswell, New Mexico.

1962: The European Space Research Organisation was established in Paris. It was later renamed the European Space Agency.

1966: The Vatican in Rome announced that its "Index of Prohibited Books" (created by Pope Paul IV in 1557) had been abolished.

1967: China detonated its first hydrogen bomb.

1982: Argentina surrendered to Britain after a 74-day conflict for the Falkland Islands.

1982: Following their initial success in "Operation Peace For Galilee" in Lebanon, Israel continued the campaign there with the start of weeks of "Operation Big Pines" to drive Yasser Arafat and the PLO out of Lebanon.

1989: Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was made an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II.

2002: The steroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 121,000 kilometers (75,000 miles), about 1/3 of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.



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