Saturday, October 28, 2006

Examine the Third Commandment; another in the Ten Commandments series...

The strength of this poem is in the thought of examining what it means to take the Lord's name in vain. This leads to what is it that the Lord's name means to us. It is hallowed, as in "hallowed be thy name." It is an entry point to prayer, "Dear Lord..." And it stems from the ancient prohibition of the Hebrew people to keep the name of God holy.

Examined by the Third Commandment...
by Peter Menkin

Entertaining the mystery
of God:
Doing as prayer says,

Hallowed be thy name,
Examined by the Ten Commandments
Are some of the ways.
Oh, Third Commandment

of mystery and cloud,
so says the Lord, You
Shall not
take the Name of the Lord,
in vain.

So direct; yet we contemplate the many
spiritual dimensions
that light the way to know the will of God
brought by Moses.

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