On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.
The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.
Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.
The devotional for LORD’S DAY 36 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. This morning’s devotional addresses The Ten Commandments.
Q. What is the aim of the third commandment?
A. That we neither blaspheme nor misuse the name of God by cursing,1perjury,2 or unnecessary oaths,3 nor share in such horrible sins by being silent bystanders.4 In summary, we should use the holy name of God only with reverence and awe,5 so that we may properly confess God,6 pray to God,7 and glorify God in all our words and works.8
Q. Is blasphemy of God’s name by swearing and cursing really such serious sin
that God is angry also with those who do not do all they can to help prevent and forbid it?
A. Yes, indeed.1 No sin is greater or provokes God’s wrath more
than blaspheming his name. That is why God commanded it to be punished with death.2
May God’s truth and grace reside here.
Soli deo Gloria!