10 Commandment Challenge

What do you know?

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What do you know about the 10 commandments?

Luther covered them in depth in the catechism and you may have covered this in your confirmation class, but how much do you remember?

Do we need to keep the commandments?

John 15:10-14

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love…

Where in the bible are the ten commandments found?
The commandments are actually found in two places:

  • Exodus 20: 2-17

  • Deuteronomy 5: 6-21

What are the commandments?

Based on Luther's Small Catechism (https://bookofconcord.org/small-catechism/ ). 

The Small Catechism was written as a text for parents, teachers, and pastors; but it starts in the home. Luther understood that the beginning point of religious instruction was in the home. The Small Catechism has been a resource for pastors and families since it was first published. It includes the Six Chief Part and prayers, but for this meditation only the First Part (the 10 Commandments) is included. Christian education begins in the heart and home. Luther's words help all but especially parents nurture their children in the faith through these simple and meaningful teachings I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44

The two major divisions of commandments are those about loving God and about loving others (your neighbor).

Love God:

  • Thou shalt have no other gods.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
 

  • Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
 

  • Thou shalt sanctify the holy-day.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.

Love your Neighbor:
 

  • Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother [that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long upon the earth].

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not despise nor anger our parents and masters, but give them honor, serve, obey, and hold them in love and esteem.
 

  • Thou shalt not kill.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need [in every need and danger of life and body].
 

  • Thou shalt not commit adultery.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in words and deeds, and each love and honor his spouse.
 

  • Thou shalt not steal.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor’s money or property, nor get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business [that his means are preserved and his condition is improved].
 

  • Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.
 

  • Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, and obtain it by a show of [justice and] right, etc., but help and be of service to him in keeping it.
 

  • Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.

What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not estrange, force, or entice away our neighbor’s wife, servants, or cattle, but urge them to stay and [diligently] do their duty.

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