Have you ever heard of Identity theft? It is very common. The thief may use your social security number or credit card number to establish a false identity and rob you blind.

Did you know that there is a commandment that deals with this very type of problem! Can you think of which one it is? It has to do with stealing God’s identity. It is this one...“You shall not take my name in vain.” How would we like it if someone else claimed to be us, and they took our "name in vain..."  Believe it or not, with your name and other personal information, a criminal can conduct a wide range of crimes against you, obtaining goods and privileges which they might be denied if they were to use their real name. We don’t want anyone to use our name in vain do we! ...and neither does God.

Read the New Revised Standard Version.  It says, “You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.”  In fact, the first four commandments are all about God’s true identity and how He wants to be worshipped....

But this is how most people falsely read the commandments!

1. You may worship another god. (Just so long as you use my name, or my Son’s name to do it.)

2. Make lots of graven images...I encourage you to make religious pictures and lots of statues made of wood and stone. Pray to them if you want. Make lots of pictures of my son Jesus, even though you don‘t know really know what He looked like. I’m sure you wouldn't mind if people made images of themselves and palmed those images off as you.

3. Even though you don’t do one thing I say, feel free to use my name or my sons name as part of your worship service. Feel free to use my name to curse.

4. I created the Sabbath on the very next day after man was made.  This is why remembering the Sabbath Day is important, because when you observe the Seventh day Sabbath, you identify me as the right God, the true Creator of mankind... BUT, I changed my mind in the fourth century. I wanted to bring the sun worshipping element into the church, so I adopted the day the sun worshippers kept, otherwise they wouldn't have come into the church and guess what? They brought a lot of extra $$$ into the church coffers. (I was having a financial crunch at the time...) So remember the first day of the week instead of the day of worship that I made at creation which identifies me as the true creator God!

It seems funny, but this is how some people “translate” the commandments! What is this covenant called the 10 commandments all about with God? Why are the first four commandments so important to God? Why does God ask us to respect His identity and His name and His day?

The 10 commandments are the “The Covenant.”  Exodus 34:28 says so, "And he (Moses) was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments."   These commandments are important to keep because they identify who the real creator God is and whether you are worshipping Him or not. When ancient Israel rejected the law and went with Baal, the sun god, they rejected the true God....  And He rejected them because of it. (II Kings 17:16-18)

Does God still want us to keep the 10 commandments in this modern day or not??? Some say that the New Covenant does away with the law. But what does the Bible really say about the New Covenant? In Jeremiah where it is first mentioned it says, “But this will be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”  Keeping the commandments is how we do that.  God DID NOT say that the New Covenant would do away with the law, He says the New Covenant WILL PUT HIS LAW IN THEIR INWARD PARTS...The Law will be written deeply in their hearts and then and only then will He be their God and they will be His people. Those who transgress the law, do not really know God, and the worst part is that He doesn’t know those who practice lawlessness. Proof of this??? Matthew 7:21-23.

"Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then will I declare to them, I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness." The proper translation is “ depart from me, you who transgress the law.”

Worshipping the true God is all about His real identity. And this is the main point... It doesn’t matter if you “know the Lord.” The real question is, does He know you? If you don’t have a covenant with Him... then according to Christ, no, He never knew you, no matter how many good works you do.

Just using God's name doesn’t cut it with God.  Christ says 3 different times in Matthew 7 that these folks had used His name to “prophesy, to cast out demons and to do many wonders”  But He still says to them, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”  The reason is because Christ only "knows" those who are under the covenant with Him.

We must have a covenant with the true God on His terms...and keeping the 10 commandments is our part of that covenant.  In the book of Revelation, those that worship the true God instead of the beast power are keeping the 10 commandments!  So we know that God expects us to keep them even in this modern day.  Revelation 14:12 says, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."  Do you want to worship the right God, or to just use His identity?  The question still remains...who do you worship?




Published By: The Churches Of God