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By Rev. G. Van
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XXXIX. LORD'S DAY.
In Jeremiah 35 we read of a people who practiced a
virtue, which with few exceptions, is not found anymore.
Scripture calls them
Rechabites. Those who have studied the matter say they were
not Israelites, but Kenites, (1 Chron. 2:55), a people
descended from the Midianites. They did not belong to the
Israelites, but lived among them, though separately.
They were a wonderful people.
One would want to exhibit them!
What was so strange about
those people? My hearers, I will tell you: They were subject
and obedient to the commandment of their father!
Their father Jonadab, the son
of Rechab had commanded them to drink no wine. He had said,
"Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons
And they drank no wine; under
any circumstances, neither the fathers, nor the mothers, nor
the children, nor the grandchildren. For centuries no drop
of wine had passed their lips, and that only because their
ancestor Jonadab had forbidden it!
To bring their childlike
subjection and obedience to light the Lord commanded
Jeremiah to bring them into the house of the Lord and to
place wine before them, bidding them to drink.
You may be sure this was a
severe test. None less than God's prophet commanded them to
drink, and that in the house of the Lord. What must they do?
Must they still be obedient to the commandment of their
forefather who was dead and buried ages ago? Or should they
use this fine opportunity to break away finally from that
unwarranted command? Hear their answer (Jer. 35: 6,7) "We
will drink no wine: For Jonadab the son of Rechab our father
commanded us, saying, "Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye,
nor your sons for ever: Neither shall ye build house, nor
sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any; but all your
days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in
the land where ye be strangers."
And to that commandment they
strictly adhered. They not only say so themselves, but the
All-knowing God says so of them in the fourteenth verse. The
Lord points to the Rechabites as an example for His people.
He promises to do them well, saying, (vs. 19), "Therefore
thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab the
son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for
I ask you, my hearers, have I
said too much when I called these Rechabites a wonderful
people? Where would you find them today, children as these
children of Jonadab, who with so much perseverance obey the
commandment of their father, and then such a
And yet it is the bounden duty
of every person to show submissive and childlike obedience
and subjection. That is not commanded by our fathers or by
our forefathers, but by no less a person than God
This shall be evident as we resume our catechetical
You will find our text in
Exodus 20: 12. "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy
days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth
Upon this commandment our
catechetical instruction is based as you will find recorded
in the Heidelberg Catechism:
XXXIX. LORD'S DAY.
Q. 104. What doth God require in
the fifth commandment?
A. That I show all honor, love
and fidelity, to my father and mother, and all in authority
over me, and submit myself to their good instruction and
correction, with due obedience; and also patiently bear with
their weaknesses and infirmities, since it pleases God to
govern us by their hand.
In the preceding Lord's
Days after hearing the comforting introduction to the law,
we drew your attention to the four commandments of the first
table of the law:
The first commandment in which
He demands that we shall have no other gods before Him. And
why should we? "For who is so great a God as our God?" Why
then should we pledge our heart and give our confidence to
that which is naught, and to idols. If we were as the
Rechabites, the thought of having other gods would never
enter our mind.
Then the second commandment,
in which the Lord commands us, I almost said, in which the
Lord permits us, to serve Him in spirit and truth, and not
through dumb, hard, cold, lifeless images.
And then the third
commandment, which teaches us that the Lord must be served
with reverence, that He will be served as His people always
want to serve Him and one day certainly shall serve Him.
Finally, the fourth
commandment, which teaches us that the Lord will be served
by us all the days of our life, but especially on the first
day of the week, the Sabbath day, the day of rest, which
rest is indicative of the eternal Sabbath, and at the same
time a pledge that all those who have learned to serve Him
in spirit and truth shall one day enter that eternal rest
With that we had finished
the commandments of the first table and have come to the
discussion of the commandments of the second table.
The Jews of Jesus' days were
accustomed to consider the commandments of the second table
to be much less important than those of the first table, and
there are still such. It is true, that which the Lord
demands in the first table He calls "the first and great
commandment," because they are more directly related to God.
Still we must not forget that the Lord Jesus, Who is the
best Interpreter of the law, says of the commandments of the
second table, which speak of love to our neighbor, that this
second commandment is like unto the first, and he who does
not love his neighbor, does not love God either. He who
regards not the commandments of the second table, regards
not the commandments of the first table either. Thus the
Apostle John also writes (1 John 4: 20, 21) "If a man say,
"I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar, for he
that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he
love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we
from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."
This is the order which the
great Lawgiver follows: He speaks first of the duty of the
lesser to the Greater and then what our conduct should be to
Let us first give our attention to the demand of the
"Honor thy father and thy
mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the
Lord thy God giveth thee," thus speaks Jehovah the God of
Israel from Sinai. And with these words the Lord shows His
love and care for the welfare and peace in our heart, house,
church and state.
The meaning, then, of these
words first ask our attention. So we shall first speak of
the commandment and then of the promise appended to this
In this commandment the Lord
speaks of our father and mother. Those are our parents to
whom under God we owe our being in this world. Prov. 23 :22,
"Hearken unto thy father who begat thee, and despise not thy
mother when she is old."
The Lord speaks of the father
first: "honor thy father." He is the head says Paul in 1
Cor. 11:3. But in Lev. 19: 3 the mother is mentioned before
the father, "Ye shall fear every man his mother and his
father." This proves that to honor our father we must
respect our mother. He who does not do the latter, does not
do the former, either. We should also observe that in the
second table of the law the parents are spoken of first of
all in order to gradually adjust man's corrupt nature to
obedience to just government.
Our duty to our parents is to
honor them: "Honor thy father and thy mother." The Hebrew
word in the original denotes something weighty, and when
used of a person it indicates that his honor and respect are
important to us. If all is well, then there are to us no
more important nor more eminent persons than our parents. In
paying homage, they should have the precedence. It is true,
a man must love his wife above his father and mother, but in
showing reverence the parents must have the priority, -of
course, after God, Who must be the first in all things.
Secondly we will consider the
promise appended to the fifth commandment, for it has
pleased the dear Lord to add a promise to it. It is already
such a precious and blessed thing when we may love and honor
our parents, there is so much sweetness and blessedness in
it. We would say, "Lord, it is not necessary for Thee to add
a promise to it." But it pleased the Lord to do so. He says,
"Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long
upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." In Deut.
5: 16 it says, "that it may go well with thee."
Interpreters of the Hebrew
give us this translation, "that they may prolong thy days."
How beautiful and true that sounds! For are not godly
parents continually active at the throne of grace beseeching
God to bless and prolong the lives of their children,
especially of their obedient children?
This promise applied in the
first place to the people of Israel, but then also to the
spiritual Israel, they are the Christians.
The Lord promises the obedient
ones a long life, yea, a prosperous and flourishing, yea
even eternal life. Thus Paul writes to his spiritual son
Timothy (Tim. 4:8) Godliness is profitable unto all things
having the promise of the life that now is and of that which
is to come.
"Upon the land," refers in the
first place to Canaan, which the God of the covenant had
promised to give to Abraham and his seed as a gift.
To live long in that land was
very desirable for the Jews for two reasons: Because in that
land the Messiah would he born, would live and walk, and
because there was no more glorious land under the sun than
Canaan. Who would not want to live long in such a land,
flowing with milk and honey; a land, which, moreover was an
earnest of all spiritual and eternal blessings? This, then
the Lord promised to them who would honor their father and
On the contrary, the Lord
would cast the disobedient out of that good land; God's
judgments would come upon them. Take for examples, the sons
of Eli, also Absalom and all Israel, Whom the Lord exiled
out of that good land to Babylon, one of the reasons being
that they had not honored their parents. In reprimanding
them the Lord says, "In thee have they set light by father
and mother." (Ezech. 22:7).
But Paul also applies this
commandment to believers of the New Testament. See Ephesians
6: 2 and 3. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first
commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and
thou mayest live long on the earth."
Can "living long on the earth"
be accounted a blessing? Certainly, and that because: one
thus can increase in the knowledge of the Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, and can advance in holiness, perfecting it in
the fear of the Lord, (2 Cor. 7: 1); one can become more
sedate and cautious, and thus be useful in the church of God
and one can be prepared for a blessed death-bed. To attain
all this, a long and blessed life on earth is so wonderful
and necessary. Thus we have briefly sketched for you the
literal meaning of the fifth commandment.
Let us proceed to the
explanation of the fifth commandment as given by the
Catechism in Question and Answer 104. How much further the
duty of filial obedience, love and fear extend when we read
the answer of our Instructor. Come, my dear hearers,
consider that catechetical answer more particularly.
To the question "What doth God
require in the fifth commandment?" the Instructor answers,
"That I show all honor, love and fidelity, to my father and
mother, and all in authority over me," etc.
Among the persons whom we must
honor the Instructor first mentions, father and mother. As
we said before, after God we must honor our father and
mother first and most.
But they are not the only two.
The Catechism also speaks of "all in authority over me."
Hence after our father and mother we have our grandfathers
and grandmothers, and they in an ascending line, as far as
our genealogy extends, even to the Patriarchs. Are they not
called our fathers? In Acts 7: 11 Stephen, speaking of the
sons of Jacob, hence, the Patriarchs, said, "And our fathers
found no sustenance."
Our step-parents are also
among the foremost of those whom we must honor. None less
than the Lord Jesus Himself set us an example in this. He
was obedient to His step-father Joseph, the husband of His
mother, and who in Luke 2: 48 is called His father.
Also our father and
mother-in-law are included. Thus David called his
father-in-law Saul his father in 1 Sam. 24:11. And Naomi
called Ruth her daughter. (Ruth 3: 1).
But even these we have enumerated do not complete the
list of those whom we must obey. We must also honor those in
authority over us:
(a) in the community. They are
also called our fathers, such as guardians over orphans, as
Mordechai and Esther. So also are employers: "Then his
servants came near and spoke to him (Naaman) "My father,"
etc. (2 Kings 5: 13). Thus Jubal was called the father of
all such as handle the harp and organ. (Gen. 4:21).
(b) in the state, kings,
mayors and presidents are called fathers. We speak of the
father of our country, and of the city fathers. Thus we also
owe honor to the aged and to those who by their wisdom,
virtue and piety have deserved the title of father.
(c) in the church, ministers
and elders of the congregations are called fathers. In 2
Kings 2, Elisha called Elijah his father. And Paul writes to
the Corinthians (1 Cor. 4: 15), "For though ye have ten
thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many
fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the
gospel." He also calls the Galatians his children to whom he
had given birth.
These then are the fathers and
mothers included in the fifth commandment whom we must
Why are they all called
fathers? In the first place, because of the close
relationship of the greater to the lesser. And in the second
place because the authority exercised by the one over the
other is derived from the paternal power, which is the
oldest, and the most natural and the sweetest. The
government which agrees most closely with this is therefore
the most praiseworthy.
Let us now notice the mutual duties the fifth commandment
lays upon us.
(a) We must show all honor to
our parents acknowledging their superiority above and over
us. That honor consists of an internal respect which reveals
itself externally in speaking to them and of them with
humility, and with respectful attitudes, such as rising for
them, etc. How much respect Joseph showed his father, and
Solomon showed his mother, when he placed her on his right
hand. (lKings 2:19).
(b) We must show our love,
without which all outward show of respect is but eye-service
to please and deceive men. We must love all men, but the
love to our parents must surpass that of others.
(c) We must show fidelity,
says the Catechism. We must have regard for their good name,
we may not reduce their funds, we must help them in time of
need. In Gen. 47: 12 we read, "And Joseph nourished his
(d) We must obey them. "We
must submit ourselves to their good instruction and
correction, with due obedience." Here again we think of the
Rechabites. Paul teaches us (Eph. 6: 1) that our obedience
must be an obedience "in the Lord," which means that it may
not be contrary to God's law. For then we must apply the
word of the Lord, "He that loveth father or mother more than
Me is not worthy of Me."
(e) We must bear patiently
their weaknesses and infirmities. We must do as Shem and
Japheth did, who covered the nakedness of their father Noah.
And we may not despise our mother when she is old. (Prov.
Now we must consider the duties of parents toward their
You will understand that the
duties of parents toward their children are included in the
duties of children toward their parents.
Our parental duty, then,
consists in sincerely loving our children. We must provide
what they need for body or soul, such as food and clothing,
etc., out of love. It is our parental duty to teach our
children and let them be taught, and, in a word, to educate
them to be useful members of the community and of the
church. We must instruct or cause our children to be
instructed in the doctrine which is according to godliness.
Solomon says, (Prov. 22), "Train up a child in the way he
should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Timothy had the privilege that from a child he had known the
Holy Scriptures, which were able to make him wise unto
salvation. And that certainly was not accomplished without
the aid of his grandmother Lois and godly mother Eunice.
Now we must speak about the mutual duties of the greater
and lesser and that:
(a) in the community. There it
is the duty of the servants to fear and respect their
masters, not only the good and gentle, but also the froward,
says the Apostle Peter. Hear what Paul writes to Titus, (ch.
2: 9, 10) "Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own
masters, and to please them well in all things; not
answering again, not purloining, but showing all good
fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our
Saviour in all things." (Read also Col. 3).
The duty of employers to their
servants is to treat them as they themselves would like to
be treated if they were in their servant's place; hence,
that masters be just in their demands, that they provide
them with reasonable wages and food and drink; in short,
they must treat them as their fellow-men. They must give
their servants opportunity to worship the Lord. "Masters,
give unto your servants that which is just and equal;
knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven." (Col.
(b) in the state. It is the
bounden duty of subjects toward their magistrates to be
obedient to them. God's Word tells us: "Submit yourself to
every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake; whether it be to
the king as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that
are sent by him for punishment of evildoers, and for the
praise of them that do well. Yea, God's Word admonishes us;
"Fear God. Honor the king." (1 Pet. 2: 13, 14, 17).
God's Word also teaches us to
faithfully pay our taxes. "Render unto Caesar the things
which are Caesar's; and unto God the things which are
God's," says the Lord Jesus.
But then it is also the duty
of the magistrates to give due heed that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life; and that by giving us good laws that do
not conflict with God's Word and our conscience. Being
ministers of God, they must punish the wicked and reward the
good. And they must themselves do the good that they command
and shun the evil they forbid.
(c) in the church. It is the
duty of the church to obey their ministers, to uphold their
good names, to refresh their body and soul, and to bear
patiently their infirmities and weaknesses. Bear in mind
that they also are but men.
And then it is also the duty
of ministers and elders that they rule the congregation, but
not as being lords over God's heritage. They must strive to
magnify their office, to discriminate between good and bad.
Especially must they give a good example. The ministers and
pastors must be a pattern in life and doctrine for their
church to follow after. We find plentiful admonitions to
that effect in the pastoral epistles of the apostles.
Now we must speak about the principle and basis upon
which all authority rests.
Let us now sing Psalter No.
290 st. 1, 2, 3.
"Since it pleases God to
govern us by their hand," says our Instructor in the
conclusion of his answer.
Hence if we honor our parents
and submit ourselves to those in authority, we are actually
submitting ourselves to the Lord Himself. Authority does not
come from below. It is not graciously given from one to
another. No, indeed, authority comes from God. Therefore
parents and the authorities are to be considered as
standing, as it were, in the place of God. He is our Highest
Father, King, Teacher, Lord and Lawgiver, Whom for
conscience sake we must obey before and above all else. But
it is His will to govern us through those whom He has placed
in various relationships over us.
"The powers that be are
ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power,
resisteth the ordinance of God." (Rom. 13:1, 2).
Thus, beloved hearers we
have cast a little light upon the demand of God in the fifth
commandment. What a good and loving Law-giver the Lord is!
How He demands of us that which is so very natural to us and
so profitable for us!
"Honor thy father and thy
mother." Is that not very natural? With how much pain have
they begotten us! How much care have they bestowed on us!
That care began before our birth, and then after our birth,
in our youth, yea, throughout our life.
How our parents loved us, and
that so unselfishly! That became evident when we were ill
and mother attended us so constantly, and would gladly have
kissed away our pain, were it possible. If we were sad,
father and mother kissed away our tears. Mother even counts
those that have died. That empty place in her heart can
never be filled by another. Even when we were disobedient
and they had to punish us, they hurt themselves more than
us. The prodigal son had to "come to himself," but his
father needed not to come to himself, for he had never lost
his son. Day and night he prayed to God for the return of
his son. Every day he looked for him to come, every night he
listened for his footsteps, in his dreams he reached for his
boy . . . I will not expand this further, but I ask you:
would you then not show all honor, love and fidelity to your
father and mother? Would you not patiently bear their
Honor your ecclesiastical
authorities. This is also very natural, for consider: Who
called them to this solemn office? The Lord did. Yes, but He
did it through you. You yourself prayed for a minister and
called him. You said, "Come over and help us." You yourself
have chosen your officers to be elders and deacons. The
church did it as a means in God's hand. Never forget it!
And how do they watch over the
church and. over your soul, for your welfare and that of
your home! When you have already retired, your leaders are
still sighing and praying to the Lord for you and your
And would you deny them
obedience? Would you not "submit yourself to their good
instruction and correction?" Would you not hear patiently
their weaknesses and infirmities? Remember, God chose and
sent not angels, but men, full of weaknesses, and that in
order that they could also bear you in your weaknesses.
So also you must obey your
superiors at your work and in the state. "Equality" is
socialistic deception. God gives rank and station. He gives
one a spade and another a scepter. To one He gives authority
to command another. But that does not make one happier than
another. A laborer can be, and often is happier than his
Golden crosses so often seem
more desirable than wooden crosses. And yet a golden cross
is much heavier and has such sharp corners! It often robs
one of all sleep and vitality.
And remember, those who are
not submissive in what is right resist the ordinances of
God. For, as we said before, there is no power but of
That which God demands of
us in the fifth commandment, nature teaches the animals, so
that incidents of mother-love among them often put human
beings to shame! How they care for their young, and how fond
the young are of their parents. I could give you many
examples of this, but I deem it entirely superfluous, since
you can observe examples of parental love and obedience in
animals on many occasions.
And also the heathens who have
not the Word of God, by nature do the things contained in
the law because parental love and obedience are created in
God's Word teaches us
obedience. Severe punishments are threatened to the
transgressors of the fifth commandment. Hear what Prov. 30:
17 says: "The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth
to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it
out, and the young eagles shall eat it." Perhaps you say,
"But that does not always happen." No, but the Lord has much
more severe punishments. See Prov. 20: 20: "Whoso curseth
his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in
And that God's threatenings
are not in vain, we see in Absalom, and also in Ham who
mocked his father and therefore was cursed. Korah, Dathan
and Abiram went down alive into hell, because they refused
obedience to the men God had placed over them.
That on the contrary the Lord
blesses those who practice the fifth commandment, we see to
this day in Shem and Japheth, also in Joseph, the dear son
of Jacob, in the unforgettable Ruth and Naomi, and in
Solomon and his mother. Indeed, where could we stop if we
were to mention all examples?
Dear hearers, to honor and obey your father and mother,
and all those placed in authority over us, is to your
personal benefit. "That it may be well with thee." It is of
benefit to your family — how sad when it is lacking
— a curse rests upon the family. On the other hand,
where it is found, a blessing rests upon the home. It is
also of benefit to the church. The Lord commands His
blessing there. But where church life is not in accordance
with the fifth commandment, confusion reigns. God and His
blessing depart. It is also of benefit to your civic life.
"Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child!"
And yet, in what sad times we
live! Would there be anything more lightly esteemed than the
As you enter many homes, where
is the authority? It seems as if the law reads, "Ye parents,
submit yourselves to your children, as is proper." It is
terrible to hear how the daughter dominates her mother, and
how the son withdraws himself from the authority of his
father. Little children dare to raise their hand to their
parents. And the parent's rule is often much too weak and
loveless. Of thousands of parents the Lord can say as He
formerly said of Eli, that he did not restrain his sons,
when they made themselves vile. Therefore the Lord would
judge his house. (1 Sam. 3:12-14) And you may be sure there
are now many families upon which the judgment of God rests,
because of their rejection of the fifth commandment.
And see the church of God.
Come into many congregations. It is sad to see how the
spirit of resistance reigns. The members rule and the
consistory is their servant. They are never satisfied, they
never approve of what the consistory does, they always
disapprove and criticize everything and everyone. And that
has become much worse since our people take more interest in
politics which usually consists in disapproving, berating
and casting aspersions. That same spirit is carried into the
church. Many members think they have as much right to speak
in the church as in the state.
meetings often resemble political gatherings. And then
people complain that they receive so little blessing; as if
the Spirit of God would dwell and work in such a
And then to pass by the factory and school — look at
the State. How dreadfully anarchy is increasing! And what
causes this? "The poor living conditions of the laborer." Is
that true? I do not believe it. Formerly the position of the
laborers was much worse than it is now, but still there was
more contentment and submission." It is because the
employers and officers are less fatherly. It is true, that
fatherliness that was often found among the superiors is now
often lacking. Certainly, there are employers who see their
wealth increasing day by day, and yet, give their employees
a meager wage. And I would not dare to deny that such
employers foster socialism and anarchism.
Still I believe that despising
the first table of God's law is the cause of anarchy. "Them
that honor Me I will honor, and they that despise Me shall
be lightly esteemed." That is God's decree which He
maintains. What then can the authorities expect that promote
idolatry and image worship, that have no regard for the
honor of God's Name and the sanctity of the Lord's Day, yea,
even cooperate in the desecration of it, setting an evil
example? What can the authorities expect who boast that they
have extinguished the lights of heaven, that is God and
Christ; who seek to banish God out of the government of the
nation, the state and the city; who seek to banish God and
the Bible from the schools; who teach their subjects not to
fear God, yea, that there is no God; authorities who feel no
need of prayer; what can they expect? Certainly nothing but
anarchism. Those overturned thrones, those castaway crowns,
those thousands of revolutionists, that stealing, lying and
deceiving, that rebellion against the powers ordained by
God; all these, my hearers, are the harvest of that which
the authorities have sown.
Therefore the best means to
fight anarchy are: turning to God, bowing before Him and
reverently meditating on the commandments of the first table
of the law. If that is not done, you may expect, O
magistrates, soon to be so lightly esteemed that you will be
trampled upon by both God and men!
That you also can expect,
despisers of your father and mother. You, too, can expect
that God shall put out your lamp in obscure darkness, that
means, that He will put you in hell, forever!
Therefore, O sons and
daughters, whose conscience still speaks, learn still to bow
down before God, do not trample upon the heart of your
parents; take care of your mother who is a widow, support
your old father, do not bring their gray hairs with sorrow
to the grave.
You, also, parents, do not
make it so difficult for your children to honor and obey
you, by your unparental conduct. Set them a good example in
honor and virtue and piety as a parent should do.
Certainly, there is
forgiveness with God, also for the sins against the fifth
commandment, but only for those who confess and forsake
their sins, and then only for the sake of Him Who always
obeyed His parents and loved them till death. Who fulfilled
all righteousness, and Who as the Surety of His people
always gave unto Caesar that which was Caesar's and unto God
that which was God's. In and through Him we may preach the
forgiveness of guilt and the deliverance from sin. And in
Him and for His sake, lost sons and daughters who return
with repentance, are so very welcome to the Father of all
ministers have written sermons on the fifty-two Lord's Days
as we find them in our Heidelberg Catechism. One of these
ministers and servants of the Most High, is the late Rev. G.
Van Reenen, of the Netherlands. Wen he was not able to
preach any more because of a throat ailment, God inclined
his heart to write sermons, and work while it was day. This
work he continued until the day of his death in the year
Rev. Van Reenen has written
these sermons for the common people. In all these sermons he
breathes the spirit of humility and self-denial. Throughout
all these sermons he indicates the necessity of knowing by
experience these three important parts, misery, redemption,
and gratitude, as he himself was not a stranger
Van Reenen does not know that his Catechism sermons and
others have been translated into the English language. He
confessed in his life not to be worthy of any honor or
praise; that we may then by grace give all honor and praise
to Israel's God and King, saying with the Psalmist, "Not
unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory,
for Thy mercy and for Thy truth's sake." Psalm
115:1. (Pastor J. Van Zweden)
Reprinted and Translated from the
Holland by the Netherlands Reformed congregations in America
(1955). This series on the Ten Commandments was taken from
the W. B. Eerdmans' December, 1979 edition of the book,
The Heidelberg Catechism, by Rev. G. Van
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