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1 Timothy 4:13
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
The reading of Scripture to the congregation is vital. Indeed, the use of Scripture throughout the liturgy is central to our worship. But why is this the case?
We believe what we teach in the Catechism. Evidence of our fear and love of God is seen in how we cherish his Word—not just preaching from certain verses, but reading the pure Word itself—and large portions. Hearing it read ought to be a joy for believers, and reading it well, a precious privilege. Those who read aloud and those who hear the book read are truly blessed (eg: Rev 1:3). For in this book, the one, true God is revealed, and his people sanctified. Therefore, we ought to read the Scriptures often, and hear it read regularly. It shows who we are—and reminds us whose we are.
Prayer: Bring me to a love of your Word, Lord. Amen.
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