-What does the “fear” in “fear and love God,” mean?
We have read this refrain several times now. One of our participants talked about how he lived in fear of the discipline he would receive as a child when he disobeyed his parents. Generally, we view this fear not as we normally understand it, but sometimes we might. When we experience such a terror, like when we believe we encounter the supernatural or perhaps even God Himself, we see that God is so different and infinitely greater than us, that we cannot handle it.
-“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom,” (Psalm 110:10). This means recognizing the order of the universe. God is the boss, not us.
Talking about the fear of the Lord prompted Pastor to discuss just what exactly law and gospel (in a Lutheran sense) mean:
1st use of law: rules to get along with people
2nd use of law: brushing up against God and realizing you're doomed to die. You are a puny human.
Gospel: Jesus frees you from sin and death.
2nd use of gospel: living out your faith in everyday life. The things your faith compels you to do. Note: this second use of gospel is sometimes disputed on how exactly it works, or even if it exists.
-Trying to get back on topic, how does law and gospel play back into the 7th commandment (don't steal). One person said that it's much easier to make money (or steal it) than share it.
-What's it look like when we help protect that which rightfully belongs to others?
-Wasting food. Recently, it was revealed that around 1/3 of all food produced world-wide goes to waste. There is considerable hunger and poverty throughout our world; is this waste stealing? Why or why not?
Bearing false witness.
-This is probably the most important commandment to life in congregations and other organizations. Can you imagine how much smoother things would run in our churches and civic groups if this commandment was honored? What about this: can you imagine presidential elections using this interpretation?
-How does bearing false witness relate to change and upheaval we encounter from time to time?
-What makes it so hard to speak well of people?
-Is speaking too well of somebody bearing false witness?