This begins a series of posts going through the Large Catechism. There will be little or no commentary. Just listen to Luther! So we begin with the 1st Commandment:
First Commandment, "You shall have no other God's before Me."
Luther explains the command this way, "What this means: You shall have Me alone as your God. What is the meaning of this, and how is it to be understood? What does it mean to have a god? Or, what is God? Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and in which we are to take refuge in all distress. So, to have a God is nothing other than trusting and believing Him with the heart. I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol. If your faith and trust is right, then your god is also true. On the other hand, if your trust is false and wrong, then you do not have the true God. For these two belong together, faith and God [Hebrews 11:6]. Now, I say that whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god."
I encourage you to purchase a copy of the Large Catechism from Concordia Publishing House. Call 1-800-325-3040. They have a version with simple study questions after each section.
Concordia : The Lutheran Confessions. 2005 (Edited by Paul Timothy McCain) (359). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.