Our friends from Hawaii, John & Linda Keough, the directors of the healing rooms in Hawaii visited us a couple of days ago and shared an amazing insight they gleaned from Josh Mills concerning taking God's name in vain.
“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.
Vain comes from a Hebrew word that means evil, vain, false or a lie.
The question is, what was God's name revealed at during that time period?
"And God said to Moses , “I AM WHO I AM .” And He said , “ Thus you shall say to the children of Israel , ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
Think about this! God's name was revealed as "I AM." The Hebrew word translated as name teaches us that the name refers to the mark or memorial of the name, the character, nature or authority of that name. For example:
“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight , give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes , I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians . For I am the LORD who heals you.”
Revelation 1:6 and 5:10 say that we are called to be "kings and priests." These are two different functions. Hebrews 7 illustrates well the role of a priest (worship with offerings and intercede for people) while Revelation 19:11 sums up the role of a king well (judge, make decisions and make war).
These functions were summed up well in David's heart such that God declared in Acts 15:16 that in the latter days He would restore David's tabernacle. It is important to realize that almost every Psalm was written while David was the king. Kings are called to judge (make decisions) regarding issues of truth, justice, righteousness and mercy.
Today in the Church we excel at mercy but are often weak on issues of justice and righteousness. It is because we confuse personal responsibility with corporate responsibility.
Jesus Christ is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. He serves as an intercessor, a legal advocate pleading our case before the throne of God (Heb. 3:1, Heb. 7:25, 1 Jn. 2:1). Confession is a legal term used two ways in scripture. There is the confession of sin and a confession as to what God's word says.
Psalm 8:2 - Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. NKJV
The Hebrew is such a descriptive language that there is often no one English word that can capture the depth of meaning. For example, in Hebrew the word translated "mouth" is also translated as commandment, talk, speech, and edge as in edge of the sword (1 Sam. 15:8). It reminds me of Hebrews 4:12 that says the word of God is quick and powerful sharper than any two edged sword.
"Babe" means infant or immature Christian. The "nursing infants" refers to an infant who drinks milk and Hebrews 5:13 teaches us that everyone who partakes of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness. "Ordained" means to sit down, take counsel together and establish a foundation. "Strength" means power and boldness. "Silence" means to still, cease, put or take away "the enemy" which is defined as the adversary, oppression, distress or trouble. Psalm 8:2 is truly a powerful and insightful scripture when we put it all together. It means:
God's word framed the world. He spoke and created.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
God made us in His image and He created. He made us to create just like He did. Spoken words are our tools by which we use to frame our own world.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
If words are our tools then the question is, how well are we using those tools? Are you choosing words that build up or destroy? Do you encourage or discourage?