Friday, November 19, 2010

A New Hymn Based on the Eighth Commandment and Lord's Day 42 of the Heidelberg Catechism

The Eighth Command, You Shall Not Steal

To the tune: PUER NOBIS (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/CCEH/778). Based on the eighth commandment and Lord’s Day 42 of the Heidelberg Catechism (Related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 74-75). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
The eighth command, you shall not steal,
with all your neighbors fairly deal.
Do all you can to meet his need,
and keep your heart from selfish greed.

v. 2
Be honest in all that you do,
and live by Jesus’ golden rule:
Treat others as you’d like them to
treat you in all they say and do.

v. 3
The eighth command forbids all greed,
for Jesus came so we’d be freed.
In Christ we’re freed to trust and love,
not things of earth, but God above.

v. 4
The heart is where our treasure lay.
All earthly treasures pass away,
but there’s a treasure that will last,
His name is Jesus, hold Him fast.

v. 5
To God triune all glory due,
but sinful man did steal from You.
Your glory, honor did we take
in foolish pride to take Your place.

v. 6
Let God be God, His place not take.
All idols in your heart forsake.
For idols vain will fade away,
but Christ our treasure now, always.

Lord's Day 42

Q & A 110

Q. What does God forbid
in the eighth commandment?

A. He forbids not only outright theft and robbery,
punishable by law.^1
But in God's sight theft also includes
cheating and swindling our neighbor
by schemes made to appear legitimate,^2
such as:
inaccurate measurements of weight, size, or volume;
fraudulent merchandising;
counterfeit money;
excessive interest;
or any other means forbidden by God.^3
In addition he forbids all greed^4
and pointless squandering of his gifts.^5

^1 Ex. 22:1; 1 Cor. 5:9-10; 6:9-10
^2 Mic. 6:9-11; Luke 3:14; James 5:1-6
^3 Deut. 25:13-16; Ps. 15:5; Prov. 11:1; 12:22; Ezek. 45:9-12; Luke 6:35
^4 Luke 12:15; Eph. 5:5
^5 Prov. 21:20; 23:20-21; Luke 16:10-13

Q & A 111

Q. What does God require of you
in this commandment?

A. That I do whatever I can
for my neighbor's good,
that I treat others
as I would like them to treat me,
and that I work faithfully
so that I may share with those in need.^1

^1 Isa. 58:5-10; Matt. 7:12; Gal. 6:9-10; Eph. 4:28


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