Heidelberg Catechisms 99 – 100

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Readings: Exodus 20: 1 – 17; Matthew 12: 22 – 32

Text: Exodus 20: 7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (ESV)

Q. 99 What is the aim of the third commandment?

A. That we neither blaspheme nor misuse the name of God by cursing, perjury, or unnecessary oaths, nor share in such horrible sins by being silent bystanders. In summary, we should use the holy name of God only with reverence and awe, so that we may properly confess God, pray to God, and glorify God in all our words and works.

Q. 100 Is blasphemy of God’s name by swearing and cursing really such serious sin
that God is angry also with those who do not do all they can to help prevent and forbid it?

A. Yes, indeed. No sin is greater or provokes God’s wrath more than blaspheming his name. That is why God commanded it to be punished with death.

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  1. God’s name:

His names:

His attributes:

His Word:

His works:

  1. God’s requirements:

Vain words:

False words:

Blasphemous words:

Reverent words:

  1. God’s threat:

Certain judgment:

Eternal judgment