Q. 43–44, The Preface to the Ten Commandments

Q. 43. What is the preface to the ten commandments?
A. The preface to the ten commandments is in these words, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Q. 44. What doth the preface to the ten commandments teach us?
A. The preface to the ten commandments teacheth us that because God is the Lord, and our God, and redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments.

Proof Texts

Q. 43: Ex. 20:2. Q. 44: Luke 1:74–75; 1 Pet. 1:14–19.

Harmony with Westminster Standards

WLC 101.

Additional Resources

Sermons by James Cassidy on the Westminster Shorter Catechism

Questions 43-45: “New Obedience”


Hodge, The System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, 85-86.

Vincent, The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved From Scripture, 115-117.

Vos, The Westminster Larger Catechism, 255-259.

Watson, The Ten Commandments, 12-43.

Whyte, A Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 107-110.

Williamson, The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes, 187-192.

On Key


Van Til’s Trinitarian Theology

Designed to equip the student to engage critically central issues in trinitarian theology, this course will focus on the architectonic significance of the Trinity both