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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 86

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From the Word: 27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life; and they shall never die; and no one shall snatch them from my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them from the Father’s hand.” (John 10:27–29)

From the ConfessionsThe Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

This is the basis of the practice of children crossing themselves when they see or hear anything monstrous or terrible, and exclaiming, “Lord God, protect us!” “Help, dear Lord Jesus!” and so on. In the same fashion, if any one meets with unexpected good fortune, however trivial, he says, “God be praised and thanked!” “God has granted this to me!" etc. Formerly, children were accustomed to fast and pray to St. Nicholas and other saints. Even this would be more pleasing and acceptable to God than all monasticism and Carthusian piety.

Pulling It Together: We do well to entrust ourselves to God. He is faithful to strengthen us and protect us from evil (2 Thes 3:3). He is faithful to so in this life and save us for the life to come (Rom 10:13). We only need to call upon him, to esteeming the name of the Lord God so highly that it is always on our lips, praising his holy name, petitioning his kingdom to come among us, his will be accomplished in the church, requesting every needful thing, asking for his forgiveness, and his assistance against temptation and evil. Call out to him; he will do it for Christ’s sake.

Prayer: Lead me out from temptations, Lord, and deliver me from evil. Amen. 

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