Schmiechen is busy this week, so instead of his usual devotion, we offer this devotional from Still Speaking Daily Devotionals. Dan will be back next week.
"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain." - Exodus 20:7
I never heard my mother or father swear. Well, almost never. I was shocked one time when my mother uttered an imprecation after dropping a pan on her foot.
Among my youthful peers "swearing" more often than not meant referring to a variety of bodily functions. In my family these words were considered vulgar, but were not considered swearing. For them swearing was not about these so-called "dirty words" but about taking God's name in vain.
When I was in confirmation the poor seminarian who taught us marched us through the Ten Commandments. When we came to #3, "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain," he asked us what it meant.
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Scripture Readings -July 14-20, 2015
July 14 Sunday Matthew 18:1-14
July 15 Monday Luke 20:9-19
July 16 Tuesday Luke 20:19-26
July 17 Wednesday Luke 20:27-40
July 18 Thursday Luke 20:41 - 21:4
July 19 Friday Luke 21:5-19
July 20 Saturday Luke 21:20-28