In this 4th Grade lesson, we study the 2nd Commandment. Words have power, and the Second Commandment teaches us to use our words carefully. We will come to understand better the effect of misusing our words or causing harm through our speech.
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Marriage of the Virgin, Luca Giordano (1688)
Do you call your parents names? Are you mean to them or make fun of them? Are these things you should do? No! It’s not how we show our love for someone.
We should not do these things with God, either. When we call God names, make fun of Him, or are mean to Him, we don’t show Him our love. This breaks the First Commandment in a special way.
Taking God’s name in vain: hurting God Himself.
People will call God mean names. They will use God’s name with other bad words to make bigger bad words. They will make mean jokes about God, or use His name in the joke. Sometimes people even use God’s name in nonsense sentences. How does this hurt God? It hurts Him in two ways. One, we show God that we don’t like Him much. Two, we teach others that God is silly and unimportant.
Think about something that is unimportant to you. How much do you think about it? How much do you use it? Not very much, right? When we talk about God like He is not important, we don’t spend a lot of time with Him. We don’t get to know Him. If we don’t know Him, it’s hard to love Him. How can you love God above all things if you have a hard time loving Him at all?
All of this is true for speaking badly toward or about other people, too. Even worse, you hurt God as much as you hurt the other person. Remember, all people are a part of God. If you hurt a part of God, you are hurting all of Him.
Taking God’s name in vain: breaking your promises.
A promise makes a bond between two people. God made promises to us, so we have a bond with Him. Because we are made in God’s image, our actions should look like God’s. God doesn’t break His promises to us. When we make a promise, we shouldn’t break it either. Breaking a promise breaks the bond you make with the other person. The other person becomes hurt and sad.
The Second Commandment teaches us about two special promises that we must not break. They are: oaths and vows.
An oath is a promise using God’s name to prove you are telling the truth. Oaths are often made when what you will say can change a person’s life. When you go to court to tell the judge about a crime you saw, you make an oath to tell the truth. If you break that oath, the wrong person may go to jail.
Breaking an oath shows other people that you are not truthful. They won’t trust you anymore. You also show others that God has a ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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