Heidelberg Catechisms 96 – 98

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Exodus 32

Text: Exodus 20: 4 – 6 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ESV)

Q. 96 What is God’s will for us in the second commandment?

That we in no way make any image of God nor worship him in any other way than has been commanded in God’s Word.

Q. 97 May we then not make any image at all?

God cannot and may not be visibly portrayed in any way. Although creatures may be portrayed, yet God forbids making or having such images if one’s intention is to worship them or to serve God through them.

Q. 98 But may not images be permitted in churches in place of books for the unlearned?

No, we should not try to be wiser than God. God wants the Christian community instructed by the living preaching of his Word not by idols that cannot even talk

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The images of God:

The worship of God:

The authority of God:

  1. God’s image: John 4:24
  1. God’s sovereignty:
  1. God’s Word:
  1. God’s wisdom:
  1. God’s means:
  2. Worship:
  3. Instruction: