The Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 63

Dear Neighbor,

Question 63: Which is the Fifth Commandment?
Answer: The Fifth Commandment is, "honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."

The fithth commandment is recorded for us in Exodus 20:12 (NASB)
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.”

I find it interesting that in my writing about the shorter catechism, that this commandment should come during the week proceeding Father’s Day. The next three questions ask what is required in the commandment, what is forbidden in the commandment and what is annexed to the commandment. I am looking forward to thinking about the implication of this commandment for the Christian in the new covenant, as it was mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostle Paul in his letters to the churches.

Michael Peek
Your Servant for Jesus’ sake