Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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Matthew 5:33–37

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (for the Lord will not hold guiltless those who take his name in vain).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

Pulling It Together

Too much talk can lead to grand statements, to bragging backed up with oaths. Be content with silence, for the whisper of God may be heard there (1 Kings 19:11–13). It is better and safer to let God speak for you than to fill up the silence with empty words. When one swears an oath, it should never be done in casual conversation. Oaths are matters for courtrooms. A pledge should be either a simple but emphatic “yes” or “no.” Any more words than those are unnecessary and originate in evil—as long-windedness leads to the sin of swearing.

Prayer: Help me listen, Lord, more than I speak. Amen.

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Matthew 6:9

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (for the Lord will not hold guiltless those who take his name in vain).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

Pulling It Together

The best way to use God’s name properly is in prayer, and the best prayer is the one Jesus taught us. In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray that the Father’s name will be hallowed, or “holied.” We ask that his name be made holy: that he be revered, set apart, and honored in our lives and throughout the world. We do so hallow his name each time we call upon him in prayer, worshiping him with praise and thanksgiving.

Prayer: Father God, holy is your name. Amen.

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Matthew 6:31–33

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism – part 32

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (for the Lord will not hold guiltless those who take his name in vain).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

Pulling It Together

We are to use God’s name properly. Because we trust God, we may believe that he will take care of us. Therefore, we do not need to resort to deceitful practices of any sort in order to have our needs met by the Father. If we pursue God first—if we follow him (Matt 16:24)—instead of running after our necessities, we may confidently trust that God will take care of the rest. So, we do not need to abuse God’s character in irrational ways, such as insisting our services for him garner merit and therefore rewards. Rather, we are to take up our crosses—we are to hand over our lives to God—and follow him, trusting in his goodness and love.

Prayer: Help me seek you, O God, and trust you with the rest of my life. Amen.

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Matthew 6:31–33

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism – part 32

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (for the Lord will not hold guiltless those who take his name in vain).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

Pulling It Together

We are to use God’s name properly. Because we trust God, we may believe that he will take care of us. Therefore, we do not need to resort to deceitful practices of any sort in order to have our needs met by the Father. If we pursue God first—if we follow him (Matt 16:24)—instead of running after our necessities, we may confidently trust that God will take care of the rest. So, we do not need to abuse God’s character in irrational ways, such as insisting our services for him garner merit and therefore rewards. Rather, we are to take up our crosses—we are to hand over our lives to God—and follow him, trusting in his goodness and love.

Prayer: Help me seek you, O God, and trust you with the rest of my life. Amen.

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Exodus 20:3

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

Pulling It Together

There are things that people fear, love, and trust above God. People may fear illness, suffering, and death above God. The result can be slavish devotion to fitness or to doctors and medicine. People may love money more than God, devoting their lives to work and promotions, even working on the Sabbath. Rather than trusting in God’s grace, people may place their confidence in their good deeds and religious works. Ironically, this is making oneself an idol, a false deity brought before the Lord in every time of prayer and worship—indeed, in every moment of life. To truly fear, love, and trust in God above all things may require a massive makeover of one’s life.

Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart. Amen.

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Exodus 20:3

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

Pulling It Together

There are things that people fear, love, and trust above God. People may fear illness, suffering, and death above God. The result can be slavish devotion to fitness or to doctors and medicine. People may love money more than God, devoting their lives to work and promotions, even working on the Sabbath. Rather than trusting in God’s grace, people may place their confidence in their good deeds and religious works. Ironically, this is making oneself an idol, a false deity brought before the Lord in every time of prayer and worship—indeed, in every moment of life. To truly fear, love, and trust in God above all things may require a massive makeover of one’s life.

Prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart. Amen.

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Exodus 20:1–6

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

Pulling It Together

Keeping the Ten Commandments is not something that we must do in order to be saved. God does not forgive us because we keep the rules. The law cannot save; salvation has always come by God’s grace instead of human works. Forgiveness and eternal life come through faith in God’s loving grace. The fruit of this faith is love: a love that comes from God (1 John 4:7). The result of faith is love for God and love for neighbor. Through faith—fearing, loving, and trusting in God above all things—we begin to actually fulfill the law’s demands. We keep the law, however imperfectly. But we actually want to do so and are grieved when we do not. Still, the fulfillment of the law comes in loving God and neighbor (Rom 13:8–10). The commandments aim us at love, for without the love of God and neighbor, we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2). So, we see that loving God and neighborkeeping the Ten Commandments—is not the way of salvation, but instead, the way of those who have been saved through faith in God.

Prayer: Help me, Holy Spirit, to fulfill the law by loving you, and loving my neighbor. Amen.

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Exodus 20:1–6

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

Pulling It Together

Keeping the Ten Commandments is not something that we must do in order to be saved. God does not forgive us because we keep the rules. The law cannot save; salvation has always come by God’s grace instead of human works. Forgiveness and eternal life come through faith in God’s loving grace. The fruit of this faith is love: a love that comes from God (1 John 4:7). The result of faith is love for God and love for neighbor. Through faith—fearing, loving, and trusting in God above all things—we begin to actually fulfill the law’s demands. We keep the law, however imperfectly. But we actually want to do so and are grieved when we do not. Still, the fulfillment of the law comes in loving God and neighbor (Rom 13:8–10). The commandments aim us at love, for without the love of God and neighbor, we are nothing (1 Cor 13:2). So, we see that loving God and neighborkeeping the Ten Commandments—is not the way of salvation, but instead, the way of those who have been saved through faith in God.

Prayer: Help me, Holy Spirit, to fulfill the law by loving you, and loving my neighbor. Amen.

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Exodus 20:5–6

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism – part 29

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

Pulling It Together

While the effects of sin may linger a while, the steadfast love of God endures forever (Psa 136:1-26). That is the idea in the idiom: “a thousand generations.” It is like saying, “a million years.” Who would count that high? It would take forever. God loves with a steadfast, forever love those who love him and keep his commandments. This is another way of stating the first commandment.

We are to believe in God alone, and not have any other gods. We are to believe in the name—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and have the names of no other gods upon our lips (Psa 16:4). The great and first commandment condenses it all to: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:37–40).

The Apostle John makes the great commandment quite clear. “This is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us” (1 John 3:23). Keeping the commandments boils down to loving God’s Son—loving God himself—and one another, just as Jesus commanded. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

The love of God remains forever upon those who so love.

Prayer: Help me love my neighbor, Lord, as I love you and as you have loved me. Amen.

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Exodus 20:5–6

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

Pulling It Together

The Scripture teaches us that children are not guilty of the sins of their parents (Ezek 18:20). Nevertheless, they often suffer the consequences. The bad choices we make affect others. Many of the sins that parents commit impact their children the most. Abusive sins like adultery or rage can linger for generations, visiting even grandchildren. We should take the commandments very seriously, making good and godly choices, if only for the sake of our children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.

Prayer: Give me the courage and strength to obey you, Lord. Amen.

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