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loves; if not, it would not be true love. Love strongly desires to do that which pleases the one whom it loves; it deeply grieves when it does that which displeases its loved one. If a person truly loves God, then he loves to do that which pleases God - to glorify the Lord and to worship Him in the manner that is pleasing to Him. From an indescribable depth of love, God is jealous of His children's departures from Him and their wanderings from worshipping Him in the manner which is pleasing to Him.

In the conclusion of the second commandment, the Lord warns us that our sins will affect our children and future generations. Children are not punished for the sins of their fathers if they disagree with, or turn from, them. But children, after observing various sins in the lives of their parents, will tend to repeat the same. Therefore, a sin will continue to be punished in future generations. Yet notice how richly the LORD's - the covenant-keeping God's mercy shines in these verses of Scripture. His judgment through repeated sin is referred to as lasting for three or four generations, but His covenant mercy is declared to extend to thousands of generations, eternally, to those walking obediently in His way.

Are the first and second commandments living realities in your heart and life? Do you love the one, true God? Do you love to worship and serve Him in the manner He has ordained?

Why were the children of Korah not included in their father's destruction?


Why has the blood of Christ plagued the Jews from Christ's death until today? Are present-day Jews being punished for their fathers' sins or for their own? Explain.



Catechism Memorization

Questions from Rev. A. Hellenbroek's Divine Truths - Chapter XVIII

1. How many commandments are contained in the moral law?

Ten commandments written on two tables.

2. What does the first table of the moral law require?

That I love God above all.

3. What does the second table of the moral law require?

That I love my neighbor as myself.

4. How many commandments are in the first and second table?

The first table contains four commandments and the second table, six commandments.

5. What is the first commandment?

"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 10:3).

6. What is the second commandment?

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments" (Exodus 10:4-6).


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