Probably, the most misunderstood Commandment is avoiding taking the Lord’s name in vain. The rest of the Commandments are clear, in terms of avoiding their violation. In the Third Commandment God specifically stated that whoever takes the Lord’s name in vain would not be forgiven.
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name” (Exodus 20:7 NID).
God’s name; “Yahweh” is derived from the term “I AM,” depicting the divine personality. This name directs significance to what was created in God’s image, which, all along, ordinary humanity remains oblivious of.
The Jews were limited to physical structures, which represented the “I AM”. Whereas, God, represented in the significance of the term “I AM”, refers to what remains to be. This makes it impossible for one to talk of God, without referring to oneself.
The “I AM” is God, although, humanity remains unaware of the reality of God’s image. The discovery of God’s image is the only condition for making one, God’s child. When asked about one’s identity, it is often assumed the physical identity. This is how even Jesus was mistaken for what He was not.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah (Matthew 16:13-20 NIV).
Jesus knew about the ignorance of ordinary humanity. The fact that Jesus performed many miracles did not, necessarily, qualify the identity of who He was signifying. Jesus represented what held neither a beginning nor an end. He was the “I AM” referred to, in the Hebrew identity of “Yahweh”.
The secrecy, of Jesus’ identity, was revealed by Peter. Jesus pointed out that flesh and blood had not revealed this to Peter. Peter’s revelation was secret, as ordinary humans were not allowed to access the significance of this identity. “Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah” (Mathew 16:20 NIV).
Why did Jesus order His disciples to avoid revealing that He was the Messiah? The term “Messiah” refers to a liberator. However, as referring to Christ, the term qualifies Jesus as liberating humanity from the sinful subjugation, since the Garden of Eden incident.