Swearing = horrible crime

Have any of you been working on something and became so frustrated with it that you swore? Or had an argument with somebody and swore and cursed them? Or on the jobsite have any of you heard a fellow worker blaspheme the name of God? Or were you the one who swore and took the name of the Lord in vain in the preceding scenarios? I admit that I am guilty of swearing in most of these scenarios and am not proud of it. Also, I bet that most if not all of you are guilty of breaking this commandment and have participated in the swearing and cursing at the workplace, in anger, in frustration, school, or anytime and anyplace that you wanted to. Swearing is a horrible problem with our society and should be stopped as soon as possible.
Swearing is “to use profane or obscene language” (Webster’s Dictionary). It includes a vast majority of our sayings such as: “O my fill-in-the-blank”, “what the fill-in-the-blank”, “—- you” or “you fill-in-the-blank female dog”. As well as these sayings it also includes all the substitutes for other words which are worse.
When we blaspheme, we take the name of the most Holy God and we throw it into the mud and stomp on it. By doing this we are saying that we don’t care about God and challenge him to do something about it. Just as a flag represents a country and a photograph represents a loved one, so God’s name stands for all that He is. What is one of the ways Muslim terrorists show their hatred for America? Besides blowing up buildings and soldiers, is by destroying the American Stars and Stripes. When we destroy the name of God by swearing we also show that we hate Him. Matthew Henry says, when talking about the Israelite-Egyptian, “He blasphemed the name, that is, he blasphemed God, who is known by his name only, not by his nature, or any similitude. Not as if God were a mere name, but his is a name above every name”. It is not like we are just making fun of a name of a human but of the Most High God. God’s name stands for His Person. God has let us hear His Names. These names tell us about whom he is and what he does. Moreover, by giving us his name he gives us a way to communicate with him and shows us that he is seeking contact with us. Imagine if we didn’t know His Name. How would you be able to go to Him in prayer? He wants to have a relationship with you.
God does not take the breaking of the third commandment lightly, as seen in our text. Visualize this, someone goes into a neighbouring country and in front of a huge crowd of people throws the national flag on the ground, stomps on it, spits on it and tears it up. The citizens are not going to stand for this and will probably try to kill you. The Lord commands that all swearing be punished with death as seen in Leviticus 24:16 “And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death.” Even though you might not be struck down immediately by Gods anger, He will eventually punish you. No sin ever escapes God and it will be punished with death. “For the wages of sin is death;” Romans 6:23a. The time in which God spares you is the time in which you must use to seek Christ and ask Him to forgive all your sins. The verse continues “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23b.
Let us remember to keep the name of the Lord holy in all our words and deeds today. When we swear in anger, in frustration, or in a joking manner today please remember what you are saying, implying and doing to God. When our emotions start to get a hold of us we should pray to God to help us control our temperament. It is impossible for man to tame the tongue but with God’s help everything is possible. “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” James 3:8.


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