Part 5 - The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20.12 (2)

Hello and Welcome to Our Church Without Walls: I’m preaching a series of messages called THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Today’s text is found in: Exodus 20:3-17. This is part 5:

Welcome back! I trust that you enjoyed your day of “Sabbath”. We have learned about the first four of the Ten Commandments. These turn our worship and relationship toward God. The remaining six focus our relationship to other people. The First Commandment concerns the object of our worship. The Second concerns the ordinances of worship. The Third concerns the manner of our worship. The Fourth concerns the time of worship. Now the Fifth Commandment concerns the duties we owe to our relationships.

Exodus 20:12 says this: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” In its original context, this commandment was a reminder to the Jews of God’s hierarchy of our relationships. It was a law that dealt with respect for parents and authority. Severe consequences could be expected if this law was violated, including capital punishment. The purpose was to do away with evil among the people.

In Deuteronomy 21:18-21, you will find the way in which God expected the Jews to deal with evil, especially concerning disrespect towards parent. God told the Jews that if a child continuously rebels against the parents, and refused to turn away from evil, they were to put the child to death!!! You see, God knows that juvenile delinquency then, and now, emerges from disrespect of parents and authority. God said not to tolerate it! As harsh as it may seem, God was showing us that if we let our children get away with this sin, part of the consequences would be an evil generation of children. And people wonder about our own country right now.

Seems we have a generation of children like that right now in our own country. Our nation continues to do away with God, His principles and His Word. Our nation is getting further and further away from Him. As we take God and God’s ways out of our nation, our schools and our homes we see more and more rebellion and evil among our children and teens. You see it in the news. You read about it in the paper. You hear about it among your friends and family. You see, we don’t need more “programs” to fix this nation. What we need is repentance; to turn back to God and live according to God’s principles. Then and only then will we put an end to evil among us. Am I advocating capital punishment to children and teens who are evil? No I am not. But I am saying that to make laws that protect a child from getting a spanking because he or she did something evil is not only ignorant but violates the very laws of God! To seal and make secret any juvenile criminal records also violates Gods law, enables and actually encourages that child to do more evil when they become adults.

God says we are to fear our parents (Leviticus 19:3) and give them reverence (Hebrews 12:9). We are also to obey them. Do what they say to do and not do what they say not to do (Ephesians 6:1-3). We are to make their old age easy to them. If they need support, we are to give it to them (Matthew 15:4-6). But one might wonder why we are to bother, especially if the relationship is not a good one. (If this is the case, seek counsel prior to implementing this commandment). First of all, it is a command of God. Secondly, it is a command of God with a promise.

God promises that if we would apply this Fifth Commandment to our lives, He will give us a long life and things would go well (Ephesians 6:3). This promise not only includes blessings and rewards here on earth, but also in heaven. Yet today we see parents, grandparents and great-grand parents struggling and in need of help because their children refuse to help! There is excuse is that they do not have time but they can spend time at the gym or favorite sport activity or at the movie theatre or parties that they just “have to attend”.

While holding the position of Youth Pastor, I gave the youth two challenges. The first was found in Joshua 1:8-9 and the other was this Fifth Commandment. The challenge was to take just five minutes each day, being the first thing they did, and read their Bible. Then, think about what they read all day and kept a journal. The second challenge was to express outwardly the love of Jesus Christ (the best they could) to their parents. They were to do this no matter how badly their parents treated them or the situation (i.e., if their parents had drug or alcohol problems, etc.). I made these challenges because these were God’s words and not mine. As a result, for the youth who took the challenge, their grades went up, their attitudes changed for the good, there were a multitude of positive things that happened, and parents began going to church and getting closer to God! Most importantly, many accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and were baptized!!

When given these same challenges to adults, similar results were observed. I give you this same challenge today because I know that God’s Word does not go back to Him void, but prospers the one who hears it and does it (Isaiah 55:11). So let me extend this challenge to you. Go, and honor your father and mother, while there is still time, that things will go well with you all the rest of your days. But if your parents have already passed on and you are guilty breaking this commandment there is still something you can do. Repent from dishonoring your parents and from your sin against God. And if you mean it in your heart, trust that God will not only hear, but answer your prayer. Trust that He will prosper you and that the rest of your life will go well.

I’m Pastor Robby teaching His Word, His Work, His Way

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