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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 28

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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

The Scripture teaches us that children are not guilty of the sins of their parents (Ezek 18:20). Nevertheless, they often suffer the consequences. The bad choices we make affect others. Many of the sins that parents commit impact their children the most. Abusive sins like adultery or rage can linger for generations, visiting even grandchildren. We should take the commandments very seriously, making good and godly choices, if only for the sake of our children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.

Prayer: Give me the courage and strength to obey you, Lord. Amen.

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