HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.


The Lord God gave Moses The Ten Commandments written on two tablets of stone with His fingers (Exodus 20:1-17). The first four commandments refer to worshipping the Lord God and the rest are about respecting human beings in the world. The first of the six commandments pertaining to human beings is about honouring your parents which carry a definite blessing which will prolong your life on this earth. Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother is the 5th Commandment (Exodus 20:12). Keep all the commandments for they give life to us.

Parents would include birth parents, adopted parents, or legal guardians. Some parents die and some who have no children themselves adopt them. Grandparents, uncles and aunts act sometimes as legal guardians.


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PROMISE OF LONG LIFE


This is the first promise God gave regarding length of days on the earth. He promised that children who obey their parents will live long on the earth. They are to keep the sabbath for God has led them the right way. Do not let go of instructions lest they stumble.

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.

Leviticus 19:3

  • Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 5:16

  • Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Proverbs 4:10-13

  • Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

  • I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
  • When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

  • Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Proverbs 5:7

  • Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

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.

Colossians 3:20

  • Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.


EQUAL CONSIDERATION TO BOTH PARENTS


This commandment is interesting in that both the father and the mother are given equal consideration. People are commanded to honor both mother and father, not simply the father and not the mother to a lesser degree. This stands in contrast to other commandments and other parts of the Bible where women are given a subordinate status.

It is probably because both are equally important in forming the child. Either the father or the mother alone cannot make a child. God formed Adam from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7) and man became a living soul. Isaiah 49:5 proclaimed the Lord formed him from the womb. Thus God created the parents and all mankind, and they should obey the Lord God in honouring His creation.


CURSE OF PARENTS LEADS TO DEATH


Both the Old Testament and the New Testament bear the curse that children who inflict their parents with a curse lead them to unavoidable death. Children are forewarned of the severity of their actions.

OLD TESTAMENT

Proverbs 23:26

  • My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Exodus 21:17

  • And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Leviticus 20:9

  • For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death.

Proverbs 20:20

  • Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

NEW TESTAMENT

Matthew 15:4

  • For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or his mother, let him die the death.

Mark 7:10

  • For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:


LEAD TO ETERNAL LIFE


To enter into eternal life, one must keep the commandments of God, and the fifth commandment is to honour your parents. There is no other way. Keeping the commandments was proclaimed in the Old Testament, and reiterated in the New Testament.

Matthew 19:16

  • And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
  • 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
  • 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

  • 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mark 10:17

  • And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
  • 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
  • 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

Luke 18:18

  • And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

  • 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

  • 20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.


HONOUR GOD AND PARENTS AS WE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD


Amidst difficult and changing relationships, it is quite easy to forget to be thankful for our parents. Parents are a gift from God given to us as role models of the goodness of authority and love. When parents fail, as we certainly do, we can be thankful that they gave us life, provided the necessities of life for us, and almost always desire the best for our lives. We should be thankful for those things, and we should more frequently give God thanks and to express our gratitude to our parents as well. "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1Thes.5:18).


DO NOT JUDGE YOUR PARENTS

All human beings have failings, and ourl parents have faults, sin, and disappoint us at times. But knowing the sins we have ourselves and the acquittal we received in Christ (Eph 4:32; Matt.7:1-5), we should be careful not to condemn our parents. Judge not that ye be judged. God alone should be the judge of mankind.


VIOLATION OF THE COMMANDMENT WAS A CAPITAL OFFENCE


Violation of the 5th Commandment was a capital punishment in the Old Testament. Nowadays, it is not so strict with the present laws of the country. The law is more lenient now.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21

  • If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
  • 19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
  • 20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
  • 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Exodus 21:15,17

  • And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death ...
  • 17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.



OBEY YOUR PARENTS IN THE LORD


The Lord God is good and righteous and He does not want you to dishonour your parents unless they are wicked and forced you to do dishonest deeds. If your parents tell you to lie, of course, you should not. If they ask you to steal, do not listen to them and if they counsel you to commit murder, you should flee from them. You should try to counsel them, but if they do not listen to you, just be pleasant and grateful to them for their past care for you. If your parents are poor and find difficulty to survive, you must not hesitate to help them in any way you could and the Lord will bless you.

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.

Obeying the 5th Commandment of Honouring Thy Father and Thy Mother has three blessings, namely, you are honouring God and He returns your obedience with a blessing. Secondly, it is the first blessing of long life on earth, and lastly, it promises the gift of eternal life. Your life on earth will be great and successful as you await the blessing of eternal life in heaven.

Amen. Praise the Lord God.


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Raven1001 6 years ago from Washington

I saw an interesting documentory a few days ago. It said that Moses was actually given a couple hundred commandments on those tablets, the first 10 are just the first 10. It never really said what the heck happened to the others , and it would be interesting to know why they've been left by the wayside.

And even though the punishment for "disobedient" children was death there was never one recorded instance of it actually happening. It's believed it was mainly to impress upon the youngsters how serious this was taken .

Does this sound familiar to you? You've always got to wonder about facts in these reports, sometimes they forget or twist something around .


His daughter 6 years ago

This present society has most certainly lost all understanding of authority, God's purpose for it, and how we are to respond. The end result we have lost respet for God as well and absolutely no fear of Him. How far we hae wandered away. We certainly need to get back to God's Word and a desire to follow His commands.

Bless you for reminding us all of this importance.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Raven 1001

Could they be just rumours? I doubt that Moses was given hundreds of commandments. To write on the two tablets of stone, the stones must be extraordiarly huge or massive. If they were that important, they would probably be referred to them in some other writing.

Either you believe the Bible or you don't.

Peace.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

His daughter

Thanks for your comments. We need to be brought before God constantly for it is so easy to lose track if we are not careful. Maybe we need a little shake or a jolt!

Peace!


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Very good Hub, thank you.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

einron, great hub. I think Raven 1001 is referring to the Mitzvot and may not understand why we follow the 10 instead of all 613 today. I know you have some good information on this. Blessings :-)


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Vladimir Uhri

Thanks for visiting and comments. I appreciate it.

Peace!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Judah's Daughter

You are right. She was talking about 613 laws pertaining to Judaism.

Blessings!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Great Hub and filled to the brim with information and again I loge the Scripture and the command to honour...

Blessings


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

"Quill"

Thanks for coming by with your comments which are appreciated.

Blessings.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Putting all th religion aside your parents have given you the greatest gift-LIFE. This surely means that you owe them something. Owe though is the wrong word but you know what I mean. By the time I was 23 I had no parents and to this day miss them


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

ethel smith

We feel gratitude to our parents for giving us LIFE, care and love during our childhood to adulthood. 23 is still very young to lose one's parents and you must love them very much to care still today.


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Sundaymoments 6 years ago from United States

Great message einron


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Sundaymoments

Thank you for your comments. We must honour our parents to receive the blessings from God.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub with many great insights to live by. Thank you for sharing it here at Hubpages.Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

cristina327

Thanks cristina! Glad to share it at Hubpages. Peace and blessings to you.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Einron, Wonderful, insightful hub! “God rules in the hearts of men and they continue to become better people as the Holy Spirit guides them. Their souls are resurrected as they continue to be refined by trials and tribulations as they sojourned on the earth until the Lord Jesus Christ returns for the second time to judge all the people of the earth.” Amen!

As one honors their "Father and Mother" they honor God! The Word of God is so powerful! All His promises are true! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Deborrah K. Ogans

Thank you for agreeing with me that honouring parents are honouring God and this leads to eternal life.

Peace and Blessings!


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denden mangubat 5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

sometimes i fail to obey my parents.but i am working on it.i want to have a long life


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

denden mangubat

You should honour your parents at all times, unless what they tell you is against God's laws or against what is illegal. Then you have a right to disobey them. Great that you believe in God's words.

Peace!

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    Raven1001 6 years ago from Washington

    Either I believe the bible or I don't ? I was really just asking a question and since you don't know what I believe please don't give me ultimatums. I believe the others here answered the question I was Trying to ask, yes I think the 613 must have been what I was thinking of.

    I sometimes get my old and new testament mixed up, just to make sure I understand correctly, are the 613 laws specific only to Judaism?


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    Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

    Hi Raven1001 and sister einron ~ if I may be of assistance, though I know einron has written some hubs on the Mitzvot, as well ~ I have several hubs regarding this: The End of the Old Covenant; Torah: the Law of Moses; The Joy in the New Covenant; and Stone from the Throne. Hopefully, these will help answer your question scripturally. Jews who have not accepted the Messiah, and some who do not understand what is revealed in Scripture, still follow the Mitzvot (613 laws, with exception to animal sacrifice). Be blessed.


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    einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

    Raven 1001

    Sorry I did not mean to give you ultimatums. I strongly believe as God does, that man has freedom of choice to believe or do what he chooses.

    Please read:

    GOD'S LAWS AND MAN'S LAWS

    http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/godslawsan

    THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS

    http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/oldnewcove

    The change in the NT

    Jesus replaces the sacrificial lamb of God in OT. We do not have to sacrifice a lamb for redemption for sin. Jesus died to redeem us.

    The 10 Commandments are still in force in the NT.

    God gave the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts constantly to help us to keep His laws. The Holy Spirit will teach us all truths.

    Peace.


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    einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

    Judah's daughter

    Thanks for trying to help Raven1001.

    Blessings.

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