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The 3rd Commandment

3. You do not bring the shem (name) of YaHuWaH your God to naught, for YaHuWaH does not leave the one unpunished who brings His name to naught.

The third commandment of the covenant between YaHuWaH and his people has to do with the proper use of His name and our actions. YaHuWaH is, in Hebrew 'Qodesh' which means 'Set-apart', and the name of YaH is also Qodesh / Set-apart. Therefore, the misuse of His name is forbidden. YaHuWaH will hold anyone who profanes His name accountable. To address YaHuWaH by the title Lord (Ba'al) or God (Gad) brings His name to naught. As mentioned in a previous section to bring His name to naught means to make void, empty, worthless. To flippantly use the name, or to say the name carelessly or without thought to the set-apart character of the one whose name is being used, is to bring His name to naught. Ultimately we must not dishonour His name or, diminish it. To mishandle His name indicates that you do not love YaHuWaH and you do not want to honour or revere Him.

Also to never mention His precious name brings His name to naught. When addressing Him in prayer, it is essential to our relationship that we call upon Him by his name. Just as we address humans by their given name, we are to speak to our heavenly Father by using his revealed name - YaHuWaH.  

Those who hate His Name are inviting curses...

As we have discussed earlier, the Hebrew word for name is 'Shem':

Shem (H8034) is described in Strong's concordance as: character, reputation, memory or renown.

It also states:

Names make a statement about an individual. The names by which the Most High revealed Himself reflect something of His person and work. So, we are not just discussing a name as something we call an individual by, we are looking at the character and person of the Most High.

So, the commandment also refers to the way you talk or think about the character and person of YaHuWaH...

Our actions have a huge impact on bringing our Creator's person to naught. If we say that we love Him and follow Him yet do not obey His Torah and do not walk as His Son Yahushua walked then we are bringing His name to naught. Actions speak much louder than our words and our actions towards our Creator and towards others should be in accordance with YaHuWaH's ways as laid out in His Torah which are His instructions for life that He gave us through Moses. Our Messiah shows us and teaches us how to live in accordance to His Fathers commands in His Torah. As mentioned in Matthew Chapter 5 Verses 17-20 Yahushua came to complete the Torah and taught that obeying His Father's instructions with true sincerity and effort is a prerequisite to entering into His Kingdom, and until heaven and earth disappear the commandments still stand firm. He also warns us to not even disregard the least important of them all. This is some serious teaching that you won't hear in the churches! 

Many say that they love YaHuWaH and His Son Yahushua, yet their actions and deeds do not match up to Messiah's teachings. One cannot lead a life where they proclaim their faith and love on one hand but sin is accepted on the other. By fearing / revering our heavenly Father and learning to obey His commandments we can see how He blesses us and protects us from harm but as history proves humans tend to worship idols and heap curses upon themselves which only lead to destruction...

If we have brought YaHuWaH's name to naught we need to repent of doing so! Our amazing Teacher and Messiah Yahushua told us that the 'Truth sets you free' and He knows that idol worship and the lack of desire of not knowing and revering His Father causes detrimental consequences for us and He wants us to be free from this world's terrible and dark ways.

The scribes and translators of scripture have brought the name of YaHuWaH to naught by removing His name from the scriptures and making it a law not to speak the 'Divine Name.'

               Woe to them for they will not go unpunished...

(Click here to go to 4th Commandment)

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