Q10: What Does God Require in the Fourth and Fifth Commandments?

New City Catechism: Question 10


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Tim Keller, Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, answers the question, "What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?”


Leviticus 19:3 (ESV)

3 Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question ten with the following answer: fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.


Tim said we observe the Sabbath to rest and worship God. We also should obey, respect, and listen to our parents. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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We set aside time for physical and spiritual rest to honor God and worship Him. He enables us to obey our parents through His love for us.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Leviticus 19:3. Take a moment to reflect on what it means for you to obey the fourth and fifth commandments. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of those commandments, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Leviticus 19:3. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you obey the fourth and fifth commandments.



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