Friday, June 11, 2010


Days of Praise
Honoring Parents
June 11, 2010
"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be
long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
This is the "first commandment with promise" (Ephesians 6:2)
and starts the second set of instructions in Exodus 20 for
godly living.
While the first four commandments focus on our relationship
with God Himself, the last six are designed to protect and
enhance our relationship with each other.
Among all human relationships, the family becomes the
for learning.
Human government and nationality have their place in our
relationships between and among each other, but the home
is the basic training station (Genesis 18:19; Ephesians 6:4)
to establish functional authority.
The home is the place to exercise the discipline that will
instill respect for authority (Hebrews 12:5-11). Such
discipline may involve corporal punishment (Proverbs 22:15;
23:13-14) or verbal rebuke (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12) or
even involve the withholding of reward or privilege
Government struggles and society reels when homes are
negligent in establishing obedience to rules.
The promise of a long life is based upon the child obeying
his parents(Proverbs 6:20) and helping his parents as they
require care or assistance in their later years
The Lord Jesus submitted Himself to this authority
(Luke 2:51). Since He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15),
it woud follow that He upheld this commandment and
His earthly parents just as He honored His heavenly Father.
The honor given to parents is even extended to all elderly
people (Leviticus 19:32). Would God these instructions were
followed by all families. HMM III
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