Ten Commandments: #5

Exodus 20:12

The ten commandments are not the ten suggestions! (Note the cartoon in the bulletin) They do not provide for eternal life, but they do give us principles to govern our lives. The first four dealt with our relationship with God, and the rest deal with our relationship to others. This is the first of the commandments that deal with our relationship toward others. This rule is a fundamental responsibility in human relations. Common sense tells us we need some rules for preserving and strengthening family life. Statistics show family life is crumbling. Yet to God, the family is a primary source for blessing and guidance for human lives. Respect for parents has become a forgotten virtue. Old Testament places great emphasis on aged and parents particularly.

(LEV 19:32) "THOU SHALT RISE UP BEFORE THE HOARY HEAD, AND HONOUR THE FACE OF THE OLD MAN, AND FEAR THY GOD: I AM THE LORD."

(EXO 21:15) "AND HE THAT SMITETH HIS FATHER, OR HIS MOTHER, SHALL BE SURELY PUT TO DEATH."

(EXO 21:17) "AND HE THAT CURSETH HIS FATHER, OR HIS MOTHER, SHALL SURELY BE PUT TO DEATH."

Note: Deu 21:18-21

(PROV 22:6) "TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO: AND WHEN HE IS OLD, HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT."

This is definitely one of the commandments that is taught again in the New Testament. Jesus taught we are to keep this command and Paul addressed the importance of this as well.

(MAT 19:19) "HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER: AND, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF."

(EPH 6:2-3) "HONOUR THY FATHER AND MOTHER; WHICH IS THE FIRST COMMANDMENT WITH PROMISE; {3} THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH THEE, AND THOU MAYEST LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH."

Failure to honor parents is an indication of a spiritual problem. Some excuse such behavior by saying, ĎOh well, they are teenagers....or that it is just a phase...." But the Word of God points out that it is an indication of someone who is lost. (ROM 1:30) "BACKBITERS, HATERS OF GOD, DESPITEFUL, PROUD, BOASTERS, INVENTORS OF EVIL THINGS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS,"

(2 TIM 3:2) "FOR MEN SHALL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, COVETOUS, BOASTERS, PROUD, BLASPHEMERS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, UNTHANKFUL, UNHOLY,"

I. Four things this command does not require:

II. The Reasons for the Commandment.

III. How do we obey this command?

Our relationship to our parents should be a reflection of our relationship to our Heavenly Father. It is to be one of honor and respect that is punctuated by our willing obedience.

How is your relationship with God today? Do we honor Him with our lives? Is He proud of us? Or do we cause Him to be grieved? He loved us so much that He gave His Son to be a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus died in our place. Have you acknowledge Him this morning? Do you know Him as Savior and Lord? If not, I invite you to come and accept Him today.

Christian, do we make the Lord proud of us? Is our lives a reflection of willful obedience to His commands? The choice is ours, will you come this morning and choose to serve Him with your lives?