The 10 Commandments Number Five – What Does Honor Your Father and Mother Mean?
But, if you read the news daily you’ll most likely see a different view.
Truth is, many people do not honor their father or their mother, do they?
The Fifth Commandment Says “Honor your father and..”
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. – Exodus 20:12 NASB
The 10 Commandments of God – The Fifth Commandment
In the days of the Old Testament, family was more than just a love for each other. A family meant survival.
Land and property passed down to the children (normally the first born son). And, the heir was expected to take care of his parents when they became older.
No Social Security in the Time of Exodus
This system worked well because older people in the nation had no means of support once they grew too old to work.
Nowadays we have IRA plans and government programs to at least put food on the table.
Fifth Commandment – The Importance of Honor
Also, conflict could disrupt or destroy the “family business” so to speak.
God was telling the Israelites they would have to build families and respect authority (parents & elders) in order to live peacefully in the promised land.
5th Commandment Says to Develop Strong Family Ties
We are not as dependent on our parents and an inheritance as were the Israelites. But, a strong Christian family is still just as important today.
My parents have gone on now. And, even though I loved them dearly, I really wish that I would have given them more of my time and respect.
What Does the 5th Commandment Mean for Us?
This fifth commandment acknowledges the fact that we should speak kindly to our parents. We need to be gentle with them, and respect their advice – as long as this advice is not in conflict with God.
If your parents are still living, let them know each day how much you love and care for them. Tomorrow may be too late.
Love in Christ
If you would like to know more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, John 3:16 gives directions.