It’s been fascinating the past months reading the Catechism. I mentioned I am at Question 106. Just over half way. A couple of observations are:
Words matter. I’ve found that I need to pay careful attention to each word. And that the words used are spiritually rich. Don’t read too fast.
Plentiful Insights. Having been through both the Confession and Shorter Catechism several times, I am surprised at how much new insight to key Biblical Doctrines is found in the Larger Catechism.
Scriptural References. Not all the references seem obviously supporting the Q&A. Take time to carefully reflect on each one and think how they actually do support the answer. If you wish more Bible References, check the online OPC version.
One example of the amazing depth in the Catechism is found in the discussion of God’s Commands…The Ten Commandments. Rather that start right with the commands, the Catechism has a long introduction to them.
Obedience to God’s Revealed Will (Qs 91-97)
Introduction to the Ten Commandments (Qs 98-101)
This second section includes Questions about: What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? What special things are we to consider in the ten commandments? And What is the preface to the ten commandments?
After beginning the study of first section of Commandment the Catechism includes a lengthy discussion of: What are the duties required in the first commandment? And, What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment? Both of these include long lists many helpful details to stimulate are understanding, and this is all for just the First Commandment.
One last point, as I pursue the rereading and study of the Catechism with my wife, I will try to make a series of short blog posts highlighting and particular insight we discuss with each Question and Answer. I’m not sure how long or often I will keep up these postings but for now I anticipate it to be the primary focus of the blog for 2021.