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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 24

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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: Imagine that those who are made in the image of the Almighty God (Gen 1:26) would bow down to figurines of human invention. Ludicrous! That would be the image of the greater bending to the image of the lesser. It is twisted: a perversion. Worshiping your own invention or that of another is to venerate something less than yourself, less than human. We to fear, love, and trust in God above all things; yet how could we do any less than to fear, love, and trust in the product of human invention?

Prayer: Lord God, I would look to you alone for all good things. Amen.

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