Re:Verse passage – Exodus 20:7 (day four)
At the time of the giving of the Ten Commandments, God was establishing the basis of a covenant relationship with Israel. A covenant, unlike a contract, cannot be broken or set aside just because circumstances have changed. A covenant is a holy agreement. Verse 7, our text, deals not only with cursing using God’s name or proclaiming God’s word without actually having it, but also making vows or promises with God and not keeping them. We may flippantly make a promise to God or invoke His name into a promise to another, with no intention of keeping it. We have no reverence or respect for His holy name and toss it around like a seal of approval for our own devices.
The only solution to deal with our vain statements is repentance. To restore our relationship and receive forgiveness, we must repent! To break a covenant will always result in consequences. Take seriously your covenant relationship with God and avoid using His name in vain.