The Ten Commandments Series- 5th Commandment

Exodus 20:12
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Why do you think God wants us to honor our parents? Is it really that important? Yes, it is for a couple of reasons. First, how can you honor your Father in heaven who you cannot see if you cannot honor your earthly father that you can see? This commandment is to teach us how to follow parental instruction. Our earthly parents give us direction in life that we can hear, see, and usually grasp. Their ideas and concepts are, for the most part, able to be easily processed by the human mind. This training from our parents is very important because it gets us ready to perceive and understand instruction from God, our Father, which is not always so easy to grasp. It is hard for us sometimes to go with what God is telling us to do. In our finite minds, we do not see how it will turn out to be good. If we have learned to trust His parental direction, since we have learned to trust our earthly parental direction, we are able to follow God's instructions even when we cannot see that the result is going to be in our favor and for our good.

In Moses' second address to the Israelites before entering the promised land, he reiterated this command along with the rest of the Law (Deuteronomy 5:1-23). Jesus also affirms this command in Matthew 15:4, saying, "For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.'

Although the Bible clearly demonstrates how important this command is, it is not hard to see that we have failed to enforce this command. We must be sure to take this command to heart and instill it in the hearts and minds of our children. If we fail to instruct them how to honor us, as earthly parents, how will they even begin to honor a Father that they cannot see. We must also be sure that we are setting the example to our children by demonstrating this act of honor to them with our own parents. This command was so important to God that He included a promise along with the command as, I think, an incentive. Honor your mother and father and you will live long. There are a lot of products for sale out there that we can buy to try to extend our lives. We can eat right and exercise as well to have a longer, healthier life. Here in the fifth commandment is a promise from God for long life; all we have to do is follow His instruction. God bless!!!


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