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The third commandment, taking the Lord’s name in vain, is a commonly misunderstood commandment for Jews and Christians alike. In Concise Messianic In-Depth Overview Series: Shemot 20:7 The Third Word, Rabbi Sipporah Joseph addresses this hard to understand commandment from the typical Jewish view and tries to place it in context for the reader. He discusses how a Jewish name, and especially the name of God, reflects the character of the one holding the name. He continues by addressing what would be included in “taking God’s name in vain” from the Jewish standpoint. He includes a brief definition of individual terms. Honoring versus defaming the name is also briefly touched upon, as well as sanctifying the name versus defaming it. He then quotes several scholars of the Bible and their views of how one’s character is reflected in one’s name and how this applies to honoring or defaming God. All in all, it is a very complete study of one particular aspect of the Ten Commandments.
Rabbi Sipporah Joseph gives us an extremely enlightening and inspiring look into the third commandment. From it, the reader will learn not only a great deal about the commandment itself, but will also learn how defaming God’s name is very much like defaming His character. To see this commandment from the viewpoint of Rabbi Sipporah Joseph, as well as the other Jewish authors that he cites, gives Jews and Christians alike a deeper look into what God truly intended by this commandment. Enlightening, inspiring and knowledgeable, Concise Messianic In-Depth Overview Series: Shemot 20:7 The Third Word will touch you and shape a new attitude, not only toward the commandment, but the character of God as well.