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Q. 9. What's the first Instruction from the second Commandment?
A. That it is an hainous Sin to negle& the Worship of God, in that Manner he hath appointed us to worship him, as in Prayer, Jer. X. 25. Pour out thy Fury upon the Heathen that know thee not, and upon the Families that call not on thy Name-Hearing the Word, Prov, xxviii. 9. He that turneth away bis Ear from bearing the Law, even bis Prayer shall be Abomination.
Q. 10. What's the second Instruction from the second Commandment?
A. That those that suffer for endeavouring to preserve the Purity of God's Ordinances, and Non-conformity to the contrary Injunctions of Men, have a good Warrant to bear them out in all such Sufferings, Deut. iv. 2. Ye fall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither all you diminisha ought from it, that ye may keep the Commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you, &c.
Q. 11. What's the third Instruction from the second Commandment ?
4. That it is highly sinful and dangerous to innovate and prescribe by humane Authority, such fymbolical Rites in the Worship of God, as he never appointed or allowed in his Word, Matt. xv. 9. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for Do&rines the Commandments of Men.
Qe 12: What's the fourth Instruction hence ?
A. Hence we learn how much Parents and Children are obliged to worship God constantly, spiritually, and agreeably to his Will revealed in his Word, otherwise the Jealoufy of God will visit them both in the Way of Judgment. For as Obedience entails a Blefling, fo Disobedience entails a Curse on Pofterity, Exod. xxxiv. 14. For thou shalt worship no other God; for obe Lord, whose name is jealous, is a jealous God.
of the third Commandment.
HICH is the third Commandment?
A. the third Commandment is, [Thou Malt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain; for
the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his Name in vain.]
Queft. 54. What is required in the third Commandment?
A. The third Commandment requireth the holy and reverend Use of God's Names, Titles, Attributes, Ordinances, Word and Works.
Qaeft. 55. What is forbidden in the third Commandment?
A. The third Commandment forbiddeth all profaning or abufing of any Thing, whereby God maketh himself known,
Quest. 56. What is the Reason annexed to thc third Commandments
A. The Reason annexed to the third Commandment is, that however the Breakers of this Commandment may efcape Punishment from Men, yet the Lord our God will not fuffer them to escape his righteous Judgment.
Q. 1. How doth this Commandment differ from the first and second ?
A. The first hath respect to the Object of Worship, forbidding us to worship any other but God. The second refpects the Means of Worship, forbidding us to worship God by any other Means than what he hath prescribed. But the third 'refpects the Manner of his Worship, forbidding all careless or profane Use of his Name, and commanding an holy Reverence from us in all our solemn Addresses to him, or ordinary mention of his Name, Mal. i. 6. A Son honoureth his Father, and a Servant his Master: If I then be a Fạ. ther, where is mine Honour ? and if I be a Master, where is my Fear ? Jaith the Lord of Hofts unto you, O Priests, that despise sny Name : And ye say, wherein have we despised thy Name ?
Q. 2. What is the first Thing especially required in the third Commandment?
A. It sequires the most aweful and reverential Frame of our Hearts in all our Approaches to God, Pfal. 89. 7. God is greatly to be feared in the Assembly of the Saints; and to be had in Reverence of all them that are about bim, And in his Worship, Joh. iv. 24. God is a Spirit ; and they that worship him, muft worship him in Spirit and in Truth.
Q. 3. What's the second Thing required in this Commandment?
A, It requires Truth in our Witness-bearing, as knowing God seeth our Hearts, and is witness to all that we think or speak, Zech. v. 4. I will bring it forth, faith the Lord of Hofts, and it shall enter into the House of the Thief, and into the House of him that sweareth falsly by my Name, &c.
0. 4. What's the third Thing required in this Commandment?
A. That in all our Appeals to God in secret or doubtful Matters, we be sure that the Appeal be necessary, aweful and true, Jer. xvii. 16. As for me, I have not hastened from being a Paftor to follow thee, neither have I desired the woful Day, thou knoweft : That which came out of my Lips was right before thee, Pfal. cxxxix. 23, 24. Search me, O God, and know my Heart : Try me, and know my Thoughts. And see if there be any wicked Way in me; and lead me in the Way everlasting: Q. 5. What doth this Commandment especially forbid?
A. It forbids and condemns all profane Oaths as most injurious to the Name of God, Matt. v. 34, 37.–Swear not at all
, neither by Heaven for it is God's Throne, &c. but let your Communication be yea, yea, nay, nay ; for whatsoever is more than these, cometh of Evil.
Q. 6. What is the Danger of profane or false swearing ?
A. Such are reckoned Enemies to God, Psal. cxxxix. 20.Thine Enemies take thy Name in vain. The Curse of God enters into such Families, Zech. v. 4. I will bring it forth, faith the Lord of Hofts, and it shall enter into the House of the Thief, and into the House of him that sweareth fallly by my Name, &c. And the Lord will not hold them guiltless.
Q. 7. What else is forbidden in this Commandment?
It forbids and condemns all heedless Wandering, and drowsy Performance of God's Worship, Isa. xxix. 13, 14. Wherefore the Lord said, forasmuch as this People draw near me with their Mouth, and with their Lips do honour me, but havere moved their Heart far from me, and their Fear towards me is taugti by the Precept of Men': Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous Work amongst this people, even a marvellous Work and a Wonder: For the Wisdom of their wife Men fhall perish, and the Understanding of their prudent Men shall be bid. And 2 Kings x. 31. But Jehu teak no heed to walk in the Law of
the Lord God of Israel, with all his Heart : For he departed not from the Sins of Jeroboam, which made IJrael to fin.
Q. 8. What other Sin is forbidden in this Command ?
A. It forbids all light and irreverent Use of the Scriptures, especially in our Jefts, or by Way of Scoffing, Jer. xvii. 15. Behold they say unto me, where is the Word of the Lord? let it come now, Jer. vi. 10. - Behold the Word of the Lord is unto them a Reproach : they have no Delight in it.
Q. 9. By what Argument doth God enforce the third Commandment on Men?
A. That the Breakers of this Command shall surely be punished by the Lord, either in this Life, Deut. xxviii. 58, 59. If thou wilt not observe to do all the Words of this Law, that are written in this Book, that thou may fear this glorious and fearful Name, The Lord thy God: Then the Lord will make thy Plagues wonderful, and the Plagues of thy Seed, even great Plagues, and of long Continuance, and fore Sickness, and of long Continuance: Or in that to come, Rom. ii. 5. But after thy Hardness and imperitent Heart, treasures up unto thyself Wrath against the Day of Wrath, and Revelation of the righteous Judgment of God: Except they repent and reform.
Q. 1o. What's the first Instruction from the third Commandment?
A. That great and infinite is the Patience of God in forbearing provoking Sinners so long as he doth, Romans ix. 22. What if God willing to sew his Wrath, and to make his Power known, endured with much long-suffering the Vesels of Wrath fitted to Destruction ?
Q. 11. What's the second Instruction from hence ?
A. That God is to be justified in the feverest of his Judg. ments, by which at any Time he manifests his Difpleasure against the Profaneness of the World, Hof. iv. 1, 2, 3. Hear the Word of the Lord, se Children of Israel: For the Lord hath a Controversy with the Inhabitants of the Land, because there is no Truth, nor Mercy, nor Knowledge of God in the Land. By Swearing, and Lying, and Killing, and Stealing, and committing Adultery, they break out, and Blood toucbeth Blood. Therefore mall the Land mouril, and every one that dewelleth therein jhall languilh, with the Beasts of the Field, and evith the Fowls of Heaven, yea the Fishes of tbe Sea also shall be taken away.
2:12. What's the third Instruction from hence ?
A. That God takes special Notice of, and greatly delighteth in them that fear and reverence his Name, Ifa. 66. 5. Hear the Word of the Lord, ya that rremble at his Word: Your Brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my Name's Sake, faid, let the Lord be glorified; but be shall appear to your Joy, and thy shall be afamid, Mal. iii. 16.-And a Book of Remembrance was zuritien before him, for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his Name.
Q. 13. What's the lait Inference from hence?'.
A. That those Parents have much to answer for, that by their Examples teach, or by their Negligence encourage their Children to profane God's Name, Jer. V.7. How jhall I pardon thee for this? Thy Children have for faken me, and sworn by them that are no Gods, &c.
Of the Sabbath.
Queft. 57. W A. The fourth Commandment is free
HICH is the fourth Commandment?
, [Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy: Six Days it.alt thou labour, and do all thy Work; but the seventh Day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou Malt not do any Work, thou nor thy Son, nor thy Daughter, thy ManServant,
nor thy Maid-Servant, nor thy Cattle, nor thy Stranger which is within thy Gates: For in fix Days the Lord made Heaven and Earth, the Sea, and all that in them is, and reited the seventh Day, wherefore the Lord blefied the Sabbath-Day, and haHowed it ]
Queft. 58. What is required in the fourth Commandment?
A. The fourth Commandment requireth the keeping holy to God, such set Time as he hath appointed in his Word, expressly one whole Day in seven, to be an holy Sabbath unto the Lord.
Queft. 59. Which Day of the Seven hath God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath ?
A, From the Beginning of the World to the Refurrection of Christ, God hath appointed the seventh Day of the Week to be the weekly Sabbath; and the first Day of the Week