Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Daily Devotion on the 2nd commandment

The 10 Commandments
"As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household"

The Second Commandment

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

What does this commandment mean? I asked my kids in confirmation during vicarage and one youth said, "Don't use the f-word or the sh word." This is the common understanding of this commandment, just don't say bad words and check it off your sin list (can anyone say Pharisee?). However, Luther raises the bar and points us to the cross by saying that we should call upon His name, pray, praise, and give thanks. Often we see the law as simply, don't do this or that, but He also calls us to do something (3rd use). So in this case, give thanks in all things, rejoice for God's grace, and lift everything up to Him in prayer!

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