Morning Devotion: Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
This one commandment has great lasting implications, it is the first commandment with promise; the promise being longevity of life.
Ephesians 6:1 ¶Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 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.
It is the parent that gives the family guidance and wisdom and help in making life’s decisions. This is important especially when it comes to the things of God, when it comes to spiritual issues and eternal life. This is also covered in the second commandment.
To you as a parent, the question is this; is what you are believing right? Is what you are teaching your children, grandchildren and others, whether by example or word, right with God and the word of God? Will your children know the God of heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ? Or, will they be as the end of verse five, will they hate the Lord?
To you as a family member, are you willing to listen to your mother and father. They have much wisdom to give.
Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Proverbs 19:26 ¶He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
In other words, he that refuses to hear father or mother, or throws out the father’s words admonishment or teaching and or causes their mother to leave off the giving of the same eventually brings reproach upon himself and the family. Have you ever wished you had listened to your parents? Or have you ever realized that they were right?
Have you ever argued, belittled, got in their face or fought with your parent? I hope not? Doing so is clearly a dishonour.
God tells us that this rebellion will be a significant sign of the end times.
2 Timothy 3:1 ¶This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Honour goes well beyond just listening and obeying, it goes into latter years as well. Honouring your father and mother means blessing them as they get older, not just throwing them away for personal convenience as some do with nursing homes. Jesus was admonishing the religious crowed as He told them this great truth in Matthew 15.
Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Honour is a wonderful attribute that esteems the other person better than yourself.
Jesus esteemed you very important when he honoured the Father’s will and died on calvary’s cross for you. Would you honour the Father’s will and be saved?
Jesus said in John 6:40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
The choice is still, yours,