I wanted to expound a little further on an excellent point. 5 Solas said, In seminary class it was brought out that when we "write" the name of God we are making "an image" for the term "God" is suppose to encompass in words all who God is, etc
.         And I responded, I have heard this argument before but it was pointed out that the 3rdC addresses the name/titles of God which would include spoken and written. The context surrounding the 2ndC would specifically yield itself to man-made depictions. Considering the context next points out pagan gods. If the 2ndC refers to writing the name of God then the 3rdC seems to be a redundant Commandment.

I wanted to explain more clearly why I said this.

1. How was the 2ndC understood to be kept by the Jewish people back then? Did they also apply it to Gods name? This can be ascertained by examining the immediate and extended context surrounding the 2ndC.
A. The immediate context is set against the use of man-made images of pagan gods.
B. A brief survey of Jewish history throughout the OT reveals that the 2ndC specifically applied to man-made depictions of God (golden calf) or pagan gods.
C. No mention of God's holy name being violated by the 2ndC is identified in Scripture

2. The name of God is not God or more specifically LORD; this is our English translation of YHWH. If one were going to make the argument that the name of God violates the 2ndC, then let us strike a blow for accuracy and discuss the written use of YHWH. More horrifying than using the English translation LORD would be using the mistranslation Jehovah or Yahweh. Gods name is written only in consonants - Hebrew has no vowel letters as we do in English. The vowels were indicated by markings that were added to but were not part of the original manuscript.

{From The Oxford Companion to the Bible, edited by Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, page 738 - "Tetragrammaton - a Greek word meaning 'four letters', used to designate the consonants of the divine name Yahweh."
From Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary, by W. E. Vine, page 140 -
"Lord - The Tetragrammaton YHWH appears without its own vowels, and its exact pronunciation is debated (Jehovah, Yehovah, Jahweh, Yahweh). The Hebrew text does insert the vowels for adonay, and Jewish students and scholars read adonay whenever they see the Tetragrammaton.}

If we follow the argument that writing YHWH violates the 2ndC then countless Hebrew scribes over the centuries have violated the Commandment for writing God's name with vowel markings for another word. Hmmm, now is it just me or do you think that the guys who take the Commandments to the illogical extreme would somehow miss this one? if you take it to the illogical extreme, you don't even write YHWH and you especially don't write it littered with vowel markings from another word.

3. The 3rdC encompasses the use of God's name. God does not limit the Commandment to the spoken word only. The Commandment says, Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
        At this point, someone should ask, What does God mean by TAKE? Even in our lawless day and age, one can be accused of slander by either verbal or written means. If we were to limit this Commandment to only the verbal taking of God's name in vain, then as long as someone only wrote profane things about God and never uttered them then he or she would not violate the 3rdC. Hmmm, sounds like that could be a loophole in this law - obviously, I am being facetious.
        So if we are going to argue that the 2ndC applies to writing Gods name then the 3rdC seems to be a bit repetitive. Furthermore, if the 2ndC encompasses God's name then one could make the argument that there is no 3rdC it is nearly a clause of the 2ndC.

So does writing God's name violate the 2ndC? In my opinion no it does not. I find no good scriptural evidence to substantiate such a hypothesis. Furthermore, I find innumerable scriptural problems with trying to add God's name to what violates the 2ndC.

Justin Griffin