“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.(Exodus 20:7 NIV)
God takes His name seriously. It’s no surprise then that He expects those who belong to Him to take His name seriously too.
When considering the issue of labels recently, someone I admire a great deal shared how they tend to label behaviour but not people. I can understand where that’s coming from. Yet naming something is like the label we attach to someone or something. In giving it the name we acknowledge that name reflects and imbues it with meaning.
Moses got to know God more as God revealed His name and in that the beginning of the wonder of revelation of the divine was shared with man. No naming, no knowing, but in the naming there was an invitation to know.
So precious is the name that some dare not mention the title let alone the name. So precious is the name that those who are His appreciate their own actions and words can display to others the worth of the name and the incredible being it portrays. Carrying or misusing that name in our conduct is something that is serious enough for God to put the ultimate punishment on those who misuse it.
So precious is the name, that it’s revelation later would spark the birth and development of the church. Such is the power and preciousness of that name.
Not only that but He invites us in on the action by valuing the name He gives us. What that means to Him and subsequently what it should mean to others who encounter us.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden