The Third Commandment : Honour God’s name

The Third Commandment : Honour God’s name

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. (Exodus 20:7) I sometimes think that the third commandment is the most misunderstood and the least respected of the ten. There’s no doubt that it’s breached very regularly by Christians and non-Christians alike. For many years, I only ever considered it in the context of watching my language and I certainly...

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The Second Commandment : No graven images

The Second Commandment : No graven images

No graven images You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who...

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The First Commandment : No other gods

The First Commandment : No other gods

You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3 ESV) The First Commandment is absolutely basic and fundamental to all else that follows. In effect, it tells us to put God first. It’s probably fair to say that few Christians nowadays consider that this law applies to them. Or, if it does, they’re certainly not guilty of breaking it. After all, by identifying ourselves as Christians we’re clearly not worshipping pagan gods or following...

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