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The Ten Commandments—The Third and Fourth Commandments

August 30, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 89:19-37—The Exaltation of David as a Type of Christ—King David was chosen by the Lord because he was a man “after God’s own heart” which means that by faith he shared in God’s heart of mercy and compassion.  All the wonderful things that God says about David in this section of Psalm 89 seem so strange to our ears. It is almost as if David had no sin, as if he were a Savior, or even like God Himself! But this is where we must see in God’s choice of David and the Covenant the Lord made with him a picture of what God was doing in choosing His only-begotten Son to be the greater David, the greater King, and the greater Savior of God’s people. Indeed, David is made to look like Christ, but the words about David and his kingdom ultimately come to completion in Christ. Central to this section is that just as God’s promise—God’s Word—sustained, strengthened, and enabled David to be faithful as Israel’s king, so God’s promise to His only-begotten Son, our Savior, enabled Jesus to be faithful unto the death of the cross and thereby to establish a kingdom that would never end. CP200830

The Ten Commandments—the First and Second Commandments

August 23, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 89:1-18—Prayer in Remembrance of the LORD’S Faithfulness—The LORD’S faithfulness to His people is rooted in His mercy and loving kindness. The Lord keeps His promise of salvation. So the psalmist prays, “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever…” Psalm 89 is a strongly Messianic psalm. It was a contemplation by Ethan the Ezrahite who remembered that the LORD had chosen David and made an everlasting covenant with Him. The LORD’S covenant with David was fulfilled in the coming of the Christ, David’s greater Son, and in the righteousness and justice that He would establish through His death and resurrection. This week’s section of Psalm 89 ends confidently with the assertion that all believers and the nation’s ruler are to rely upon what Christ has done for them: “In your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength…For our shield belongs to the Lord, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.”CP200823

The Third Article of the Creed

August 16, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). It is in our baptism that we have been crucified with Christ, so that Christ now lives in us.  Since we have been crucified with Christ, the Law has been fulfilled for us, sin has been atoned for, and the gift of new life is ours.  This new life begins now by faith in Christ the crucified.  Victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil is never by the strength of our own will but solely by the merits of Jesus’ crucifixion.  Faith receives Christ’s victory and lives in Him.  Sin, death, and hell cannot destroy Him, and therefore, they cannot destroy us because He lives in us.  This means that each day of our lives as Christians is lived by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us. Christ’s sacrifice of love for us upon the cross is always before our eyes.  This means that “the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me,” is not only the object of my faith, but also the source and strength for living the Christian life. Day by day, moment by moment, our life in the flesh—with all its struggles, weaknesses, and failings—is lived by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us.— ExcCP200816erpted from Lutheran Catechesis, Catechist Edition, p. 280a (Used by permission.)

The Lord’s Prayer—Sixth Petition

August 9, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 88—A Prayer for Salvation from Overwhelming Trouble—There are times in life in which even the Christian can be overwhelmed with trouble of every kind to the extent that there appears to be no help or deliverance for him. Psalm 88 gives voice to such times. The psalmist declares that his soul is full of troubles. He has no strength. He feels God’s wrath. His friends have abandoned him. He is all alone. He stands on the precipice of death. He suffers the terrors of being cast off by God. Yet in the face of such despondency and apparent hopelessness, faith clings to the Lord and cries out to Him for deliverance: “O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles… Lord, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You … and in the morning my prayer comes before You.” For the Christian who has ever experienced what the psalmist confesses, Psalm 88 is of great comfort because it not only gives voice to such despondency, but it is also the proper prayer because it is given to us by God that we might wait upon Him for the strength to endure and for the deliverance we need. In the end, the Lord hears our prayers and will not abandon the one who puts his hope in Him.


The Lord’s Prayer—First Petition

August 2, 2020

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 87—A Prayer of Rejoicing in the Holy Christian Church—Zion is a type of the New Testament Church. Mount Zion was the location of Jerusalem and the Temple to which people of all nations were to be drawn for the gift of salvation and new life. Psalm 87 prophecies of how the Lord loves His Church, builds His Church, and will draw sinners of all nations into her. The new birth of Holy Baptism makes of people of many tribes, nations, and languages one people in Christ: “This one and that one were born in her and the Most High Himself shall establish her.” The Lord writes their names on the ledger of the Book of Life. In the Church there is deliverance from sin, death, and everlasting destruction. The Church’s choirs and musicians sing and rejoice in the Lord’s salvation in time and eternity.CP200802