CATECHESIS NOTES FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND COMMANDMENTS -- "You shall have no other gods." "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God." --The Ten Commandments preach repentance. The message of God’s Law is necessary in order that we might receive the Gospel in repentant hearts. This is ever most true for the first and second commandments. Luther, in his Large Catechism, writes: "What does it mean to have a god? What is God? Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress, so to have a God is nothing else than to trust and believe in such from the heart." (LC: 1:1-2) It is true; we do not call on God's name as we should. We do not trust him with our entire heart, soul and mind. We place our trust in earthly and trivial things. Kyrie, eleison! Lord, have mercy!
This week we focus on the 1st and 2nd Commandments. May we learn them. May we take them to heart. May we be comforted by God's Holy Word so that we may cling to the blessed hope of eternal life through Christ. May the Lord bless our time in his Word and in prayer!
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