The First and Second Commandments

The First and Second Commandments

The first and second commandments begin the first table of God’s Law and focus on our relationship to God. Jesus summarizes them both, as well as the third commandment, as loving the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matt. 22:37).  The first commandment is also the beginning and basis for all of the other commandments. This is easiest to see when we look at how the meaning of each commandment begins with “We should fear and love God so that…” which is intended it remind us of the first commandment and its meaning.

The second commandment continues to bring us back to the first as it is a command to not “misuse” the Lord’s name. This implies that we are to use it, for that is the reason God gave it to us in the first place and because Jesus encourages us to use it as we pray “in his name.” While misusing God’s name is prohibited by the commandment, it does encourage us to use it properly by “calling upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.” God encourages us to pray to him and to trust that our prayers are heard and answered for the sake of the Son and his sacrifice, reminding us always that even if our prayer is not answered the way we would like, we can always praise and give thanks to him for our salvation.

The First Commandment

What is the First Commandment?

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

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

The Second Commandment

What is the Second Commandment?

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord you God.

What does this mean?

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

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