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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 44

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John 17:17

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Third Commandment

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not despise his Word and the preaching of it, but acknowledge it as holy, and gladly hear and learn it.

Pulling It Together

When we gather around the Word of God, we are separated from the world for a while. For the moment, we are devoted only to God. This is one major way that we keep the Third Commandment. We observe it by taking the time to study God’s Word through reading, hearing, and preaching. God sanctifies us by his Word spoken over and through us. Though we may not imagine how, or even feel the effects, God makes us holy through his Word. We keep the Lord’s Day holy so that he may consecrate his Church through the Word.

Prayer: Teach me, Lord, from your Word. Amen.

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