Deuteronomy – Deu 5:11 Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the LORD Thy God in Vain

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Deu 5:11 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.

What does it mean spiritually to take the name of the LORD our God in vain? We were taught as a children in the Babylonian Churches of the world that to take the name of the LORD in vain was to use swear words. By saying these words, we had in some way crossed the line with God, and this word is a blight on His holy name. We know that we should not say certain words because they leave the hearers, who do not know the truth, with an impression of us which we should not allow them to have because of Whom we represent.

To take the LORD God's name in vain, however, is much deeper and closer to home than what we were taught by churches who are lost and destitute of truth. If all the world knew what it meant to not take the LORD God's name in vain, the world would not exist as we know it anymore, and all would have already been purified in the lake of fire. To not take the name of the LORD God in vain is just that deeply misunderstood by all of us from birth. Let's first examine the three words that seem to be the focal point of this verse: take, name, and vain.

The word "take" is H5375 and means: naw-saw', naw-saw'

A primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, absolutely and relatively: - accept, advance, arise, (able to, [armour], suffer to) bear (-er, up), bring (forth), burn, carry (away), cast, contain, desire, ease, exact, exalt (self), extol, fetch, forgive, furnish, further, give, go on, help, high, hold up, honourable (+ man), lade, lay, lift (self) up, lofty, marry, magnify, X needs, obtain, pardon, raise (up), receive, regard, respect, set (up), spare, stir up, + swear, take (away, up), X utterly, wear, yield.
Total KJV occurrences: 653

And the word "name" -H8034 means; shame

A primitive word (perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare H8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character: - + base, [in-] fame [-ous], name (-d), renown, report.
Total KJV occurrences: 865

When someone describes a single sheep they use the word 'sheep', but when describing an entire flock, they also say 'sheep' not sheeps. When we are talked to we do not see ourselves as just a sheep but as an individual sheep separate and independent from the flock. We liked to be called by the sheep individual name that we like - Dennis, Bob, Walter, etc. It's the same with an elk or deer. There is no individuality when speaking of a single animal or a whole herd. The Spirit points this out for the purpose of saying that to describe God as any single name is taking His name in evil (vain) because He is bigger and beyond all his creation; heaven and earth combined. The word God is not His appellation, His name per say, but it is a title that He is over all that IS, WAS, AND WILL BE. To speak of Him as a man is take-describe Him, in evil - the meaning for vain.

And the word "vain"- H7723- shawv, shav

From the same as H7722 in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjectively), uselessness (as deceptive, objectively; also adverbially in vain): - false (-ly), lie, lying, vain, vanity.
Total KJV occurrences: 53

So from these definitions we can see that to take the name of the LORD God in vain is to use any descriptive word or descriptions from heaven, earth or waters beneath the earth to describe Who The LORD God is as an individual because we as carnal people cannot ever describe Him. To do so is guile, idolatry, and a lie because we as carnal earth-minded people who cannot by our tongue describe in earthly terms Who God is. He is far above us and so incapulates everything that is, was and will be and that we, without the spirit of God, cannot describe Him. He cannot be described as any single thing, single sheep, for He is ALL THINGS THAT HAVE EVER BEEN, ARE AND EVER WILL BE. He is the flock of all things, the whole of everthing.

2Ch 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

This is the reason The LORD God had created an image of Himself to describe Who He is and why He sent that image to indwell His people. He did it so they would be able to see Him in spirit and not try to describe Him in things of the natural from a carnal mind.

Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

We've all seen the pictures of what it means to take the Name of The LORD God in vain, when they portray Jesus the man sitting on the clouds looking effeminate and docile, only caring about the flesh and plight of mankind. He appears so worried that mankind is doing things all wrong against His purpose, and He is so heartbroken by their fallen condition that He can do nothing about. This is the very core of taking the name of The LORD God in vain. When we read these words take the name of The LORD God in vain we hear, "don't talk bad about God", "don't say His name unless you really mean it" or some other carnal thought because we don't even know Who is speaking in these verses. We don't even know that it is Christ Himself Who is telling us not to use His name in vain.

Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding ALL THINGS by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

God, before the resurrection, never made Himself known to anyone as it was only after the resurrection does He now reveal that the voice who was speaking through the prophets to the fathers was the voice of Christ. We can see this now because the end of days has come upon us individually as elect people of God and collectively together as The Christ. Before the resurrection they did not see Christ because He was hidden from them. He reveals Himself to us now, and we can see Him in the old testament where they could not because we have Christ living in our world inside us to reveal Himself to us. The vanity of describing God by statues, paintings and such is gone for us now as we have been translated into the kingdom of God where we can see that He is so much more than our carnal minds can contain. To attempt to describe Him in one word, several words, one animal, a statue or a star becomes so foolish, because if the world and all the heavens cannot contain Him, how can we attempt to describe Him? We can see His attributes and His ways now that our eyes are opened, but never can we from a darkened mind describe Him by a single object.

Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

2Ch 6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

Who God is, was and will be is in the revelation of Christ. Everything that God wants us to know of Him is in Christ. This is why in our first three commandments we are told not to put anything BEFORE Him, not to make a graven image of Him according to our carnal minds and now not to even speak about Him in any way where we are trying to describe Him by things, because He is all things together and far beyond what our carnal minds can imagine. He is telling us that all the Godhead is revealed in the Image of Himself in Christ Jesus;

Col 2:9 For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men (the Godhead), as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

In Jesus Christ dwells all that we need, want and can know about God. It is not in our carnal thoughts of Who God is, was and will be. It is not in songs, poems, riddles, philosophy, science or any thought from our carnal minds by carnal humans who worship a god out of feelings of human emotions. This is why this commandment about not taking the name of the LORD God in vain is not what our carnal minds think it is, but it is a commandment which tells us not even to speak of Him from carnal thoughts in our heavens, our earth or what we see in the twisted doctrines of Babylon.

When He reveals Himself to His elect He does so not through us but through the Image of Christ, WHO HE CREATED. No one can explain who I am as a person as well as I can. You can surmise, you can project, you can imagine in your own thoughts who I am as a person, but unless you have lived my life, walked in my steps you can't make a judgment of exactly who I am as a person (speaking as a fleshly man, we know that in spirit we can see all things about all people because we, too, are in the first Adam). But if I am truthful, I can tell you exactly who I am and what I think. So too with God.

He alone created us by Christ, and therefore Christ alone is the ONLY One that can reveal Who God is to us. To use our carnal minds separate from the Spirit of God, we can only surmise and guess Who God is, was and will be. How would a wild beast be able to explain a human? Can a wild beast explain how a human can talk and reason, how he walks upright, the structure of the human body? Of course not, because a beast cannot talk, nor can a carnal man speak of God. The best we can do is bark at Him like a dog, because we recognize Him in black and white but cannot explain Who He is.

We can understand beastly communication because we are gods to the animal kingdom as God is God of us as beasts (Ecc 3:18). This surmising is an abomination to God, because the creation cannot reveal Who its Creator is, was and will be, separate from the Spirit of God, which none had until the resurrection of Christ. God came upon certain people to get a message across but the message was not for the person, but meant for a later generation, the Body of Christ.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

This set of verses tells us that the wrath of God is revealed to us from our heavens because the righteousness of God has been revealed to us. How can we know what righteousness is without unrighteousness and because of this revelation of the unrighteousness that we are inside ouselves, we see the righteousness of God in the Image of Himself in Jesus Christ. The word "vain" in our study to day is not the same word "vain" used in Ecclesiastes. That vain is speaking of the fruitlessness, nothingness of our condition.

Now let's recap the word "Vain" that is in our verse today and see what it is saying;

We can clearly see that taking the name of the LORD God, Who is Christ, in vain is a desolating evil. It is evil, a ruin, guile, and idolatry to try and describe the LORD God without Jesus Christ as your revelation. God has revealed it to us that to think, speak, or try to describe the LORD God we can see the unrighteousness of what we are separate from Him. If He does not reveal Himself to us through the revelation of Jesus Christ, all our thoughts of the LORD God will bring about the wrath of God upon our unrighteousness. His wrath is to us the revelation of the righteous judgment of God upon our unrighteous description of Him. It is taking the name of the LORD God and describing Him from my carnal mind without Christ as my Head, therefore He does not hold me guiltless, and the wrath of God becomes my righteous judgment. Let's see how this process occurs.

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The gospel of Christ reveals God to us. This revealing is the power of God from death unto life. From seeing myself as dead to the knowledge of Who God is, was and will be am I given life, quickened, and born again by seeing through the eyes of Christ, whereby I can now actually see God for Who He wants me to see Him. I do not have to conjure up thoughts of Who He is. I do not see Him as an effeminate looking man floating around on clouds crying over the plight of mankind's destruction of the earth. Through the revelation of Christ we see that all things are going exactly the way they were predestined. Not one thing from the creation of the world has not gone exactly the way He has planned it to go. In this knowledge is the righteousness of God revealed to the elect, from the faith of Christ to us, so that we can have this faith in the plan of God and see Him for Who He really is. We are from conception dead in ungodliness and unrighteousness in spiritual thought. The godliness and righteousness comes from the revelation of Jesus Christ, not from us taking the name of The LORD God in vain.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Again, why is the wrath of God revealed from our heavens? Because we have been shown the righteousness of God in the gospel of Christ, that He alone is the revelation of His Father. When we are given this knowledge, we are at the same time shown who we are - unrighteousness;

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The man of sin is revealed to us, that we are him, and that we are "taking the name of the LORD God in vain" by describing Him from our carnal minds. We are shown that we describe the indescribable by our carnal thoughts. This is why man makes totem poles, worships rocks, worships the earth, and worships himself and all the dead ways we try to descibe the indescribable. This is being deceived by the beast within us. We oppose and exalt ourselves by taking the name of the LORD God in vain, act as though we have some God-given right to worship Him the way we want and He should be privileged that we ackknowledge Him at all. But this mystery has been revealed to the elect of who they are and Who He is, was and will be. When this revelation occurs, all that we thought we were or will be is destroyed by the brightness of Who Christ is.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Remember what the scriptural definition of inquity is;

Eze 33:13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

Whenever we trust to ourselves outside the revelation of Jesus Christ, we are committing iniquity and self-righteousness. When we believe that we do not have to believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to the knowledge of God we have trusted to ourselves that we are right in our thoughts, and we are taking the name of the LORD God in vain. He will not leave us guiltless, and we will go through the lake of fire to purge that abomination from us, so that we, too, can be conformed to the image of Christ and worship God in truth. This is the path for all who have ever lived in flesh and will one day live in spirit. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ alone is LORD. This is the message of the gospel: to free all who have ever lived in death into the righteous life God has predestined we all live. All will be saved from death, and all will repent from taking the name of the LORD God in vain.

The world has come up many gods and called them God. Each god has an appellation to give him a title for who he or she is. This name is a title to describe who the god is; like the following;

Aphrodite (Ἀφροδίτη, Aphroditē) Goddess of beauty, love, desire, and pleasure;

Apollo (Ἀπόλλων, Apóllōn) God of music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague, prophecy, poetry, manly beauty, and archery;

Ares (Ἄρης, Árēs) God of war, bloodshed, and violence.

Artemis (Ἄρτεμις, Ártemis) Virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls, childbirth, and plague.

Each of these gods are given titles that explain who they are. It is their "appellation", which is a word that describes the name for which they are called. This is where "taking the name of the LORD God in Vain" comes in. When we as carnal, sinful creatures try to describe our Creator by an "appellation", we paint pictures of Him and make our flesh SEE Him Who cannot be seen;

Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

We can only see God through the eyes of Jesus Christ. If we attempt, and we all do and did, to describe God by a singular object, we are limiting Him to one name. But the LORD God cannot be limited by any one thing because He is before all things, and all things consist by Him, therefore He IS ALL THINGS at once and together from the beginning into everlasting. So to say that God is good, we must believe that Romans 8:28 includes everything that has ever occurred in the world since the beginning of time, no matter what we call good or call evil. In the plan of God, everything He has created through Christ is exactly that "good".

Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

If we limit our thoughts of God only to what we consider good to the sight of our carnal man, then we have used God's name in vain by giving Him an appellation that He is only what we see as good. If evil occurs, and it is, was and will be as long as there is flesh, and we call that evil bad and separate it as NOT BEING FROM GOD, then we have again used His name in vain. The point being, that we must get our thoughts of God from Jesus Christ, Who lives in His Body. The spirit of God keeps everything alive but does not give it knowledge of truth. The Spirit of knowledge and truth can only come through the only Begotten of the Father, and that only Begotten is Jesus Christ. His Body is made up of the elect, and through this Body He allows us to know The Father, not so that we can describe The Father to the world now, but so that the body can grow in spirit until it becomes united in thought to the Head. Then the body will become the body of water called the lake of fire where all of Adam will come into the knowledge of truth, through that body.

The LORD has explained it well in the parable of Elijah's confrontation with the priests of Baal. This parable describes the time when in the lake of fire all of false worship will be destroyed by fire and all the water of our words will be licked up by the fire of God's Word, Jesus Christ in us.

1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1Ki 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
1Ki 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
1Ki 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
1Ki 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
1Ki 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
1Ki 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
1Ki 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
1Ki 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
1Ki 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
1Ki 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
1Ki 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
1Ki 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
1Ki 18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
1Ki 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
1Ki 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
1Ki 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
1Ki 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
1Ki 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

The alter is the cross, the sacrifice which God accepts is Christ, the fire is the word of God, the trench filled with water is the lake of fire, and the priests of Baal are our old religous man. We are Elijah, which name or appellation means "my God is Jehovah". We are being shown right here in this story what happens when our eyes are opened and what will happen in the lake of fire for all of mankind, represented by Israel in this story. When Elijah uses the law, Moses, in the lake of fire, all of mankind will become judged and then shown Who Christ is, was and will be. It is then do we now, and the world later, say what the Israelites said, "The LORD, He is God, the LORD, He is God." We are being born again as the body of Christ, and in that body is the name we are not to limit, Jesus Christ. Only in this name do we get the knowledge of Who God is, was, and will be. It is this name we are told not to take in vain.

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