‘Carrying’ The Lord’s Name in Vain?

– Does this commandment have something to do with our Baptismal Covenant?

– The Hebrew word for ‘take’ is better translated as ‘carry’ or ‘bear’.

– The same Hebrew word can be used for ‘forgive’.

– It’s all part of a spiritual economy.


Raw Transcript


Carrying” the Lord’s Name in Vain?


all right I wanted to talk about one of

the 10 commandments here and that is not

taking the name of the Lord in vain it

seems to me that we might be

misinterpreting this generally speaking

let me read it to you here we can find

it in Exodus 20 and in Deuteronomy 5

where it is repeated again and then of

course we can find it in the book of

Mosiah as a been a die is repeating the

Ten Commandments or reading the Ten

Commandments off to King Noah and to the

priests in his basically in his Mock

Trial but here’s what it says it says

thou shalt not take the name of the LORD

thy God in vain for the Lord will not

hold him guiltless that taketh his name

in vain now think about this for a


do you think that one of the very most

important things is saying the word God

in a way that has no meaning because

that’s what this literally means when we

say we’re going to take the name of God in

vain our and modern-day interpretation

is well don’t say OMG basically right

yeah in other words you’re saying it in

a way where it has no meaning it becomes

trivial and therefore disrespectful but

I believe that we’re missing the point

on this where that can certainly be a

part of what is being said here in the

Ten Commandments by Moses I think that

there’s a much deeper meaning we can

look at this in a couple of different

ways number one it used to be that the

high priest of the temple would wear the

name of Jehovah on his forehead in a

plate that would be up on basically with

this turban if you will and so it would

be hey you’re not going to take on you

the name of Jehovah of God in vain in

other words if you’re a priest you’re

going to be

this is a very meaningful thing

therefore priestcraft or leading people

astray is not a good deal right but

going beyond that we can think about

baptism and I think that’s really what

we ought to focus on regardless of

really what is meant here and I think

that that might be what is meant here

when we are baptized we take upon us the

name of Jesus Christ and when we take

upon us the name of Jesus Christ he’s

saying don’t take that name in vain

right so we’re making a commitment a

covenant to follow him and so if we take

that name and make that commitment in

vain then that commitment that covenant

really means nothing to us and we could

say the same thing about the sacrament

each week when we are renewing our

Covenant of baptism baptism again by

water and immersion and by the Holy

Ghost then we are we should not be doing

that in vain but it should be a

commitment that means something to us a

one literal translation of exodus 20:7

which is this which is a do not take the

name of the Lord in vain is where his

name lightly so if we look back at the

Hebrew we would say that that might be

one way of how we would translate that

into English where his name don’t wear

his name lightly in other words this is

important the other thing to look at is

that the Hebrew word take so to take his

name in vain really a better

interpretation of that or better

translation of that would probably be

Carrie do not carry his name or do not

bear his name lightly and these to me

are baptismal words when we are baptized

we promise a couple of things if we look

back in Mosiah we’re a been a dye is

actually giving his discourse and

his trial he is he repeats the ten

commandments and then Alma leaves

and in the very next chapter Alma is in

the at the waters of Mormon where a

number of people have left they’re going

to now form a church then going to

return to the roots of Christ is what

they’re really doing based on the words

of a been a die and they’re

going to be baptized in the waters of

Mormon and there

Alma talks about the commitment of

becoming a member of the church and

being baptized and what this covenant

means and part of that is to bear the

burdens of others so just like we would

bear the burden or bear the name of

Jesus Christ who bears our burdens we

would then bear the burdens of others

that are in the church members of the

church so that bearing the word is Nasa

or Nasa I have a very cursory

understanding of Hebrew but that word

means to carry something to bear

something like a burden so that would be

a part of what that commitment would be

and it’s where that word is used is

right there in the commandment of the

ten commandments to not take or NASA or

bear or carry the name of the Lord in

vain and then again Alma once again once

he is back away from exile and back now

reuniting with Zarahemla the people at

Zarahemla and with messiah he again

begins to baptize people there and there

it doesn’t say bear the commitment isn’t

to bear each other’s burdens but the

point he brings up at baptism is to

forgive one another their burdens and so

the same word NASA or NASA can also mean

to forgive and I think that’s really

interesting right that that we can carry

the name of Christ we can bear the name

of Christ

and by proxy kind of be like him in

the sense that we can bear others

burdens and part of bearing others

burdens is to forgive them as Christ

would forgive us and so in a way we kind

of by proxy we take on someone’s

burden when we forgive them so if we’ve

been wronged with something we forgive

them of what they wronged us for and in

a sense we share now that burden with

them we’ve lightened that person’s load

and that’s the same word to forgive and

to bear the burden is Russia and so

those words and concepts put us back

again into as we have spoken of

previously that spiritual economy that

give-and-take which is not based on

competition but rather based on love and

forgiveness and the willingness to share

the burden of others I just found that

really interesting and hope that helps

you a little bit in understanding

perhaps another approach to taking the

name of the Lord in vain I’ll talk to

you next time

Radio Commentator, Dennis Prager’s take on the third commandment here. Of course, no mention of baptism or the Book of Mormon from this good man:

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