By Jim Rast
“Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long.” Exodus 20:12
The last ‘do’ commandment and the only one with a promised reward. Long life. The next five commandments are ‘do not’ commandments with earthly recompenses as illustrated in this verse, “As you sow so shall you reap.” Galatians 6:7-10. You steal, you will be stolen from. You lie, you will be lied to and etc.
How do you honor your parents? Is it to love them? Yes. What if they are evil, how can we honor or love them? You do not hate them. Think of them as a temporary life form that will face the Judgment for their deeds. Pity brings strength to resist acts of retaliation. Avoid them, if you can. Carry on no conversation with them, if it is not constructive. Leave their presence, if possible. Their conversation may be hateful but an act of no rebuttable cannot be judged; and a one sided conversation will soon end. Being without rebuttable is an act of honor by you toward these type of parents.
Do not talk down, as if you think you now are the smartest or in charge.
Do not speak without respect about your parents to others, even if they have wronged you. Remember one thing always, it is they that brought you into this world by God’s will and you could have been aborted or neglected unto death. If you were abandoned and know not your parents, try to think past yourself and know that we all make mistakes. We sometimes do things in our life that we cannot correct and have to live with them.
If you were fortunate to have been given good parents, then thank God. Use the training they taught you to raise your children.
Is this Fifth Commandment for young children? Yes, though it may not be taught to them. If they have not received this law, they will not be accountable. “Where there is no law, there is no sin.” Romans 4:15 and 5:13. What then, when we have reached the age where we can understand right from wrong? These verses mean without law sin is not known or we live by faith (loving trust) in our Lord Jesus with the fruits of the Spirit in love, joy, peace and goodness— against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22
The people who have not been taught the Laws of God make laws unto themselves which they see right in their own eyes as children do. We see today many of our laws being changed or added to. The ones who passed the laws in the past thought they were right and now others think the laws are wrong. Why??
Teach the little children the Law (Ten Commandments) so they will honor you and save themselves from destruction that comes with sin.
I wish not to try to impress you, for I am in need of forgiveness and understanding but, I want to quote a man who lived four hundred years before our Lord. His name was Aristotle. Here it is paraphrased, “It is not inherent to do right.
You are not born with virtue. It is normal to do wrong as, to lie to save yourself, to take what is not yours and other wrongs. It is not normal such as to share, take punishment or to be brave.” He says people have to be taught the right things at a young age and the laws are made to deter adults from doing wrong who were not taught to do right. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Our Bible also speaks of the need of training when it says we were born into sin. Romans 5:12 “Sin entered into the world—-for that all have sinned.”
The Fifth Commandment needs to be taught to our children. I see arrogance in many little children today. What kind of adults will they become?
Can we see the results of children that were raised up in the sixties and seventies today, when children were taught freedom of expression and no discipline? (no Law) Is this what is causing confusion in our government by the leaders today, they are ones that were raised in those times? Were some raised to learn laws and others raised with freedom of expression and no discipline? “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3
Do you think the Ten Commandments are important for your children? Who do you want to teach the Ten Commandments to your children?? Does your church teach the Ten Commandments? I have not seen them written in any church I have visited. Can you not teach them yourself? You have the greater responsibility and you may learn them as you do. Adults need them, also.
Last thing, and as one who is 75 years old, I have a closer understanding of the subject I am about to broach. That is what will you do when your parents get old? Will you have time for them?
They cannot move fast or see well. You lose patience because they cannot hear well and you get weary of repeating yourself. Your work keeps you busy and you cannot take them into your home. Some of these maybe good excuses but, try to think of what you can do with them and not think of why you cannot do anything with them. Remember the Fifth Commandment and ask yourself if you would like to have a long life. Could be your children will not have to endure your frailties. It may depend on you.
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