Ten Choices That Will Change Your Life
Week 3: Exodus 20:7
The Ten Commandments instruct God’s people how to live life to the fullest. The Commandments are not a way to earn salvation. Rather, they show us how saved people are to live. We are our Redeemer’s treasured possession – his precious people. We bear his name and we carry that name into the world we live in. God’s name stands for all of who he is. The third commandment directs us to use his name with care, for his glory, and in ways that are faithful to all that it represents. It is not meant to be used to enhance our own credibility, to gain power over others, or in ways that are empty or trivial. As followers of Christ, we know the power and strength that is in the name of Jesus. Let’s choose today to lift his name high and give God’s name the honor, glory, and respect that it so rightly deserves.
Have you ever used someone else’s name to give yourself some kind of advantage?
Getting into the Text:
1. (Exodus 3:13-15) When God called Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, he gave Moses the name by which he wanted to be known. Our Bibles usually translate this as “LORD” with all caps. Sometimes this personal name for God is also translated into English as Yahweh or Jehovah. It distinguishes the specific God who revealed himself to Israel from other foreign gods or from some generic divine being. What meaning does God attach to this name when he first gives it to Moses? How does God’s description provide a reminder of his character and the history of his relationship with his people? How does the sharing of a specific and personal name indicate the level of intimacy God desires for this relationship?
2. (Exodus 20:7) God’s name represents his entire identity, all that he stands for, his power, and his authority. He has shared it as part of a unique and special relationship with his people. Why do you think the proper use of his name is so important to him? What would the act of misusing or misapplying God’s name indicate about the person who did this? On the contrary, what would honoring and respecting God’s name indicate?
3. Scripture gives us many examples of people misusing God’s name. What insight do each of the following passages provide? Ezekiel 36:16-23, Jeremiah 14:14-16, Matthew 5:33-37, Acts 19:13-16, Matthew 7:21-23
4. Scripture also gives many examples of the way God intends for his name to be respected, honored, and properly used. What can we learn from the following passages? Matthew 6:9, Isaiah 42:5-8, Philippians 2:9-11, Psalm 113:1-3, Numbers 6:22-27, Proverbs 18:10, 1 Samuel 17:45-47, Acts 4:7-12, Matthew 28:18-20
Have you been using God’s name for your own advantage or giving it far less than the honor it deserves? When you act or speak or pray “in Jesus’ name” are you sure that you are representing him faithfully? Are you actively seeking out ways to lift up God’s name so that it receives the praise and honor it deserves in our world? What steps might you take this week to allow the Holy Spirit to grow you in this area?