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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 15

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From the Word: For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not overbearing. (1 John 5:3)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Introduction

If this were not sufficient to admonish us to read the Catechism daily, then we should feel sufficiently compelled by the command of God alone. In Deuteronomy 6:6–9, he solemnly charges us to always meditate upon His precepts — sitting, walking, standing, lying down, and rising — and have them before our eyes and in our hands as a constant reminder and sign. Doubtless, God did not require and command this so earnestly without a purpose. Because he knows our danger and need, as well as the constant and furious attacks and temptations of the devil, he wishes to warn, equip, and defend us against them, as with good armor against their fiery darts, and with good medicine against their evil infection and allure.

Pulling It Together: "I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me" (Psa 16:7–8). How can we keep God’s commandments if we do not know them, or worse, forget them? One of his directives is that we think about, or meditate, on his commandments throughout the day (Deut 6:6–9). Look at the many examples of how to do this that he provides us in those few verses. We are to have his Word on our lips, speaking to others about his teachings throughout the day, as we sit in our homes, walk about, go to our beds at night, and of course, first thing in the morning. We should have his Word on our walls and in our hands. But above all, we should have it in our hearts. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to treasure your Word in my heart. Amen.

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