Thus Says the LORD
“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.”
In Jeremiah 28 we see a dialog between two prophets; one is false and one is from the LORD. God had pronounced judgment upon Israel because of her sins and had predetermined to put her under the yoke of Babylon; this is what He spoke through the prophet Jeremiah. But another prophet arose in the name of the LORD, and declared peace to the people, stating that all would go well with them.
Now this sounded good to Jeremiah, who declared, “Amen!” because he loved God’s people and wanted their good. Jeremiah then stated that the prophets of old spoke of war, disaster and pestilence, and if one spoke of peace, it was only from the LORD if it came to pass (Jeremiah 28:8, 9). The Old Testament law demanded the death of any prophet who was not 100% accurate (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).
Then the LORD spoke to Jeremiah, and he told the prophet Hananiah that the LORD had not sent him, but he caused the people to trust in a lie! He also declared that the man would die that year for teaching rebellion towards God (Jeremiah 28:16); and he died that year as the LORD had spoken! Now this is some serious stuff going on! Let’s examine it together.
Many today say, “The LORD says this” and “the LORD says that”, and I have even watched one say the LORD says this and then he corrected himself! This young man did it twice in one night! Wow, did the LORD make a mistake?? I don’t think so; it is so important that we hear clearly from the LORD before we declare that He has spoken to us. And yes, He does speak to people, but how we should fear the LORD and use discernment so we do not teach rebellion towards Him.
The pastor here in KY made a good statement: “Using the LORD’s name in vain is not only saying, “God da-n” or “Oh my G-D”, but is also when we declare something in His name that He has not declared.” As the Scriptures say, “God will not hold him guiltless who uses His name in vain.”
So please, let’s not use the LORD’s name loosely, but with reverence and godly fear, only declaring His words when they are true. And do not take every prophecy you hear as true, but test all things and hold fast that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:20, 21); for soon we will all stand before Him, and give an account of our lives to Him.
With much love in Jesus Christ, Jonathan Ball
Thus Says the LORD