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#52 Weekly Catechism for August 12th

Weekly Catechism Q&A with Elder John #52___________________________________________________Good morning brothers and sisters,May we walk in the knowledge of our all wise God and give him all glory and thanks as our Creator and the provider of all things. Trinity it is catechism Wednesday and today we are considering question number 52of Keach’s catechism. It reads as follows:Q. What is forbidden in the first commandment?A. The first commandment forbiddeth the denying (Psa 14:1), or not worshipping and glorifying, the true God (Rom 1:21) as God and our God (Psa 81:10-11), and the giving of that worship and glory to any other which is due Him alone (Rom 1:25-26).My rendering of the answer:A. The first commandment forbids the denial of the existence of God (Psalm 14:1). It also commands the worship and glorification of the true God (Romans 1:21) as the only God and God of his people(Psalm 81:10-11). Finally, it also prohibits idolatry (Romans 1:25-26).Let us remember that the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) are numbered differently by Jews, Reformed/Anglican/Orthodox and the Catholic/Lutheran. 1 I mention this because there is some overlap in theanswer to catechism question # 52 which includes elements of the verses contained in Exodus 20:1-6 regardless of the numerical order assigned. These verses proclaim the existence of God and describe his relationship with his people as well as their obligation to him. These ideas are concisely bound in one statement, “I am the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:2, 5; Deuteronomy 5:9; Psalm 81:11). Let us look at that statement.“I am the LORD your God.” What is being communicated? We can observe from this statement the following:1. The LORD exists.2. The LORD communicates so he wants to be known.3. The LORD is personal which is revealed by the use of his name 2 ..4. The LORD is the only God which tells us that he is the Creator of all things and he is uncreated. 35. The LORD is the God of the Hebrews whom he has delivered from Egypt. This reveals him to be personal and supernatural.6. The LORD is exclusive which means that he is dedicated to his people and expects them to be dedicated to him. This means that they are to worship and serve him alone!As we can see there is much to be learned and understood from this statement “I am the LORD your God.” and the surrounding verses.One last point is that the formal accusation against all of humanity is not giving glory or thanks to God as well as idolatry. This is notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence of who he is and what he has done.One could make the argument that discrediting God and ungratefulness toward him are a type of idolatry. Brethren let us remember to live for the glory of God with a grateful attitude.Well Trinity until our next appointed time be strong and courageous in our Lord Jesus Christ. This is your brother john a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.___________________________________________________Definition(s):Idolatry at its very core is the withholding from God what is owed exclusively to him such as worship, glory, and thanksgiving. Another aspect to idolatry is the representation of the invisible uncreated self-existent Godwith an image or idea of anything that is created whether it is visible or invisible. Lastly, we should remember that the prioritizing of anything or anyone above God is idolatry.___________________________________________________Scriptural proofs for Keach's Catechism # 52Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Psalm 81:10–11 10 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11 “But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me.Romans 1:25–26 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over todegrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,___________________________________________________The above proof verses as they are found in context.Psalm 14 title For the choir director. A Psalm of David. 1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are anywho understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. 4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord? 5 There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. 6 You wouldput to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the LORD is his refuge. 7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.Romans 1:18–23 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about Godis evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even thoughthey knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.Psalm 81 title For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. 2 Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day. 4 For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know: 6 “I relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the basket. 7 “You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah. 8 “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me! 9 “Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. 10 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11 “But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me. 12 “So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. 13 “Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! 14 “I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. 15 “Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. 16 “But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”Romans 1:24–25 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.Romans 1:26–27 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.___________________________________________________Additional scriptures:Exodus 20:2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.Exodus 20:5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,Deuteronomy 5:9 ‘You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,Psalm 81:11 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.___________________________________________________Additional scriptures found in context (Psalm 81 is already given in context see above).Exodus 20:1–6 1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.Deuteronomy5:8–108 ‘You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 9 ‘You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showinglovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.___________________________________________________1 “The Ten Commandments or the Decalogue are not numbered in the same way by the Jews or professing Christians. I am includingthis information so that when we engage in discussion with others or professing Christians about the Decalogue we can avoid anypotential for confusion regarding the numbering. Let us consider how this commandment is numbered by others. TheReformed/Anglican/Orthodox consider this to be the first commandment (Exodus 20:3). The Jews include the secondcommandment as part of the first commandment (Exodus 20:3-6). The Catholics and Lutherans include the introduction [preamble]and the second commandment as part of the first commandment (Exodus 20:2-6). 1 I want to stress this especially important fact,the Decalogue consist of only ten words. The different ways to number the ten words does not add to nor take away from theirnumber. There are only Ten Words/Commandments.” Keach’s Catechism question # 50 by a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.2 Remember that LORD is the rendering of the tetragrammaton discussed in our catechism lesson on Keach’s catechism question #48.3 Recollect that he has decimated the Egyptian gods as well as the nation.

Posted by Trinity Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Good morning brothers and sisters,

May we walk in the knowledge of our all wise God and give him all glory and thanks as our Creator and the provider of all things. Trinity it is catechism Wednesday and today we are considering question number 52
of Keach’s catechism. It reads as follows:

Q. What is forbidden in the first commandment?

A. The first commandment forbiddeth the denying (Psa 14:1), or not worshipping and glorifying, the true God (Rom 1:21) as God and our God (Psa 81:10-11), and the giving of that worship and glory to any other which is due Him alone (Rom 1:25-26).

My rendering of the answer:

A. The first commandment forbids the denial of the existence of God (Psalm 14:1). It also commands the worship and glorification of the true God (Romans 1:21) as the only God and God of his people
(Psalm 81:10-11). Finally, it also prohibits idolatry (Romans 1:25-26).

Let us remember that the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) are numbered differently by Jews, Reformed/Anglican/Orthodox and the Catholic/Lutheran. 1 I mention this because there is some overlap in the
answer to catechism question # 52 which includes elements of the verses contained in Exodus 20:1-6 regardless of the numerical order assigned.

These verses proclaim the existence of God and describe his relationship with his people as well as their obligation to him. These ideas are concisely bound in one statement, “I am the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:2, 5; Deuteronomy 5:9; Psalm 81:11).

Let us look at that statement.
“I am the LORD your God.” What is being communicated? We can observe from this statement the following:

1. The LORD exists.
2. The LORD communicates so he wants to be known.
3. The LORD is personal which is revealed by the use of his name 2 ..
4. The LORD is the only God which tells us that he is the Creator of all things and he is uncreated. 3
5. The LORD is the God of the Hebrews whom he has delivered from Egypt. This reveals him to be personal and supernatural.
6. The LORD is exclusive which means that he is dedicated to his people and expects them to be dedicated to him. This means that they are to worship and serve him alone!

As we can see there is much to be learned and understood from this statement “I am the LORD your God.” and the surrounding verses.
One last point is that the formal accusation against all of humanity is not giving glory or thanks to God as well as idolatry. This is notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence of who he is and what he has done.
One could make the argument that discrediting God and ungratefulness toward him are a type of idolatry. Brethren let us remember to live for the glory of God with a grateful attitude.

Well Trinity until our next appointed time be strong and courageous in our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is your brother john
a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Definition(s):
Idolatry at its very core is the withholding from God what is owed exclusively to him such as worship, glory, and thanksgiving. Another aspect to idolatry is the representation of the invisible uncreated self-existent God
with an image or idea of anything that is created whether it is visible or invisible. Lastly, we should remember that the prioritizing of anything or anyone above God is idolatry.

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Scriptural proofs for Keach’s Catechism # 52

Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Psalm 81:10–11 10 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11 “But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me.

Romans 1:25–26 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to
degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

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The above proof verses as they are found in context.

Psalm 14 title For the choir director. A Psalm of David. 1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any
who understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. 4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord? 5 There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. 6 You would
put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the LORD is his refuge. 7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.

Romans 1:18–23 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God
is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though
they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Psalm 81 title For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. 2 Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day. 4 For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know: 6 “I relieved his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the basket. 7 “You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah. 8 “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me! 9 “Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. 10 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11 “But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me. 12 “So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. 13 “Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! 14 “I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. 15 “Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. 16 “But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Romans 1:24–25 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Romans 1:26–27 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

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Additional scriptures:

Exodus 20:2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Exodus 20:5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Deuteronomy 5:9 ‘You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Psalm 81:11 “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

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Additional scriptures found in context (Psalm 81 is already given in context see above).

Exodus 20:1–6 1 Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Deuteronomy
5:8–10

8 ‘You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 9 ‘You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing
lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

___________________________________________________

1 “The Ten Commandments or the Decalogue are not numbered in the same way by the Jews or professing Christians. I am including
this information so that when we engage in discussion with others or professing Christians about the Decalogue we can avoid any
potential for confusion regarding the numbering. Let us consider how this commandment is numbered by others. The
Reformed/Anglican/Orthodox consider this to be the first commandment (Exodus 20:3). The Jews include the second
commandment as part of the first commandment (Exodus 20:3-6). The Catholics and Lutherans include the introduction [preamble]
and the second commandment as part of the first commandment (Exodus 20:2-6). 1 I want to stress this especially important fact,
the Decalogue consist of only ten words. The different ways to number the ten words does not add to nor take away from their
number. There are only Ten Words/Commandments.” Keach’s Catechism question # 50 by a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Remember that LORD is the rendering of the tetragrammaton discussed in our catechism lesson on Keach’s catechism question #
48.
3 Recollect that he has decimated the Egyptian gods as well as the nation.