Daily Lectionary: Ezekiel 2:1-3:11; Romans 1:18-32
…call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks. (The Small Catechism: Second Commandment)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The more powerful a thing is, the more rules there are about it. There aren’t actually a lot of laws about feathers. Guns, though, have many. It isn’t because they are evil. Guns and feathers are just things. But one is powerful. When a gun is used for good, great good can come. When a gun is used for evil, tragedy follows.
Now see the gift God gives you in His Name. It’s yours to use. It’s so powerful that it needs a Law. When His Name is used for good, great blessings come. When it’s used for evil, great pain results. Did you catch that? God doesn’t give us the Second Commandment so we know what not to say when we stub our toe. Misusing God’s Name causes pain. The Second Commandment is about more than typing “omg” or saying the word “damn” when you get hurt. The Second Commandment is about a God who gives you a gift for when you’re in trouble.
Pray, praise, and give thanks. Remember who your God is. Remember the truth about Him. Find comfort in Him. Hope. To break the Second Commandment in the most fundamental way is to lie about who God is. More pain comes from false doctrine than from saying “damn” when your toe is already hurting. How you use God’s Name matters, because it’s so powerful that it can comfort sinners with the promise of the Gospel, and can cause great pain when the desperate and penitent find only a vengeful god. Remember who your God is. Use His Name in accordance with His character. Tell the truth about Him. Great comfort is found in this truth. It’s the way. It’s the life. It’s Jesus, and we are given the Name of Jesus as a gift. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. Harrison Goodman
Your name be hallowed. Help us, Lord, In purity to keep Your Word, That to the glory of Your name We walk before You free from blame. Let no false teaching us pervert; All poor deluded souls convert. (Our Father, Who from Heaven Above, LSB 766:2)