Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The Third Commandment

Explanation of The Third Commandment

The Third Commandment

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it. 

The Central Thought

God invites us to rest, reflect on His Word, and receive His forgiveness in order to strengthen our faith in Him. 

When people today set aside time for rest, how do they spend that time? 

Read Luke 10:38--42. Why does Jesus commend Mary and not hardworking Martha?

As Christians, God's Word leads us to delight in His wondrous works of creation and redemption.

How does God's Word open our eyes to see all of His good works? 

A Closer Reading of the Small Catechism

48. What is the Sabbath day?

In the Old Testament, God set aside the seventh day (Saturday) as a day of rest ...

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