In this 8th Grade lesson, we study the 2nd Commandment. We will explore the power of speech in light of the justice that is due to God and our neighbor.
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Every commandment that follows the First Commandment is also tied to it. When we violate any of the commandments, we are not putting God first. This means that a violation of the Second Commandment (you shall not take the Lord's name in vain) is a violation of both the Second and First Commandments. The same is said with all of the other commandments.
What does the Second Commandment specifically teach us? That the Lord's name is sacred, and should be used with the highest respect for His supreme dignity. The Second Commandment also teaches us that the gift of speech is tremendously powerful, and must be used responsibly.
Taking God's name in vain: injustice to God and to our neighbors.
It is common to hear people exclaim, "Oh my God," or "Jesus Christ" in conversation. They do this without thinking about what they are saying; it is a reflex. People also tend to use foul language, again without thinking about it. The words that we use, especially if we are one of these people that are described above, are emptied of their perceived gravity by such repetitive use. The power of these words, and all of the words we use, do not lose their strength because we use them improperly. Instead, we inflict harm in ways that we become blind to. This is especially true when we directly use God's name in vain.
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 use His name in casual exclamations, or talk about God like He is not important, it is likely that we aren't spending a lot of time with Him. We don't know Him very well. If we don't know Him, it is 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 Second Commandment teaches us about two particular promises that we must not break. The are: oaths and vows.
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