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Honor Your Father and Mother

This week we continued our study through the book of Exodus. We are taking a week to focus on each of the 10 Commandments. This week was number 5: "Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you."

The choice of the word "honor" is important because it's such a weighty word. It doesn't say "love" or "obey" but "honor". The word "honor" is the same word used to define the glory of God. It's weighty/heavy. We esteem them, reverence them and value them.

The opposite of honor is dishonor. In our culture, dishonoring your parents has really become not that big of deal. God does not view this lightly. Dishonoring your parents is a covenantal crime and very serious. We are to respect the "rank" of parent. This is true for not only children but also adults. 

For children, this means you listen the first time, every time. For teens, this means to obey your parents and realize they really do know something and have your best interest in mind! For young adults, the relationship starts to change as your parents are no longer as much of an authority of influence. In this stage of life, young adults can seek parents for guidance in jobs and marriage. For older adults, this means to give your parents precedence and priority. Reach out to them, talk to them, spend time with them. Write a tribute to them and read it to them or send it to them in the mail. Do this before their funeral. 

The second part of this command talks about a long life. This really isn't a guarantee of a long life, because we certainly know people who die young who have honored their parents. This is just a general statement saying that if you honor your parents, life will go well for you. 

Ultimately, God our Father demands all authority and submission.

 

Posted by Meredith Collins at 11:13 AM