25 April 2004
Deuteronomy 28:58, Psalm 139:20 & Zechariah 5:3
The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 56. What is the reason annexed to the third commandment?
A. The reason annexed to the third commandment is that however the breakers of this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgement.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English:
Q.56. What is the reason for the third commandment?
A. The reason for the third commandment is that the Lord our God will not allow those who break this commandment to escape His righteous judgement, although they may escape punishment from men.
1. Why is it that breaker of this commandment might escape punishment from men?
The breakers of this commandment might escape punishment from men because so many times those in authority are just as guilty as those who break the commandment. It is so many times a case of the natural man dealing with the natural man and the things of God are bypassed.
2. Who are they that take the Lord’s name in vain?
The Bible teaches that those who take His name in vain are his avowed enemies. (Psalm 139:20)
3. What should be one of the greatest motivators to hinder us from taking His name in vain?
As believers simply the words “the Lord our God” in this question should motivate us toward recognising His glory and this should fill us with reverence and a godly fear. It should burden our hearts with guilt if we should break this commandment.
4. Will those who take the name of the Lord in vain escape judgement?
Those who break this commandment will not escape judgement, because God is righteous and has promised that they will be punished.
5. Would you call His promise a threat?
Yes, it could be called a threat in that divine vengeance is aimed against the person breaking the commandment.
6. When will those who break this commandment be punished?
There are two times the breakers of this commandment could be punished. Sometimes they are punished in this life as is seen in Deuteronomy 28:58,59. Sometimes the punishment will not be given until the hereafter. However, it is certain they will be punished.