What does the Bible mean when it says, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God” (Ex. 20:7)?
The name of God is a summary statement of the totality of His person. God commands us not to treat His name in a way that is careless, thoughtless, or empty of purpose. We are not to lift up the Lord’s name in a way that empties His name of its holy and redemptive content.