Friday, April 23, 2010
Revere His Name
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord, you God,
for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who
misuses His name. Exodus 20:7 (NIV)
Revere, to regard with deep respect, love, and awe; venerate. (Webster’s New World Dictionary.)
Do we sometimes become flippant with God’s name? We hear people speak His name casually, in an effort to impress others, or even in anger.
The Hebrew people didn’t use a name for God. When they wrote about Him they used the designation *YHWY* (pronounced Yah Way) but they never spoke His actual name. This practice stemmed from their respect for their creator.
Our Drama Ministry at church presented a skit depicting three situations where people misuse God’s name. The head of the ministry asked me to take the concept from another member’s script and create these four scenes. I struggled through the inputting of the situations. Some of the actors helped me get the scenes chosen but the typing of the script was difficult. I planned to place a disclaimer at the beginning. My reason for this was I didn’t want people to think we disrespected God.
This has been a time of learning and growth for us all. We all have had to learn how to speak God’s name. The Hebrew people spoke their name for God as a whisper, as a sign of respect. Maybe we can learn to do the same