Do Not Take the Lord's Name in Vain (Deuteronomy 5:11)
Delivered By
Pastor Michael Daugherty
Delivered On
June 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Deuteronomy 5:11
The 10 Commandments: Relevant or Not?

“‘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. –Deuteronomy 5:11

The 3rd commandment says:

  1. Don’t use God’s name in an unworthy or disrespectful manner.
  2. Don’t use God’s name without reason, without proper intent.

The name of God itself tells us

  1. His character/attributes: holiness, justice, wrath, righteousness, mercy, grace, love, knowledge, presence, etc. Because God is holy then by default His name is holy and you do not use something that is holy in an unholy manner.
  2. God’s name is most importantly equated with Salvation. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
  3. God’s name also implies a level of power unknown to any other “god.” 1 Kings 18:20-38.

Our use of God’s name demonstrates what we believe about His character, His power, and most importantly salvation.

How does the 3rd commandment apply to us today?


  1. Explicitly, using the name Jesus Christ or God as a swear word or alongside swear words is condemned. Stop using God’s name in vain and stop putting up with people using God’s name in vain.
  2. The 3rd commandment also implicitly condemns the use of euphemisms, substitutes for God’s name.
  3. Another implicit violation of the 3rd commandment is coming into worship and singing or praying to God words we don't truly mean. Pray and say what you mean and mean what you say and pray, especially when it comes God’s name.
  4. The last way we implicitly violate the 3rd commandment is by claiming to be a Christian but not living accordingly.

How we use God’s name is a big deal. Because God says for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.