“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long
in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Exodus 20:12 (NIV)
Here’s a command parents love more than most kids! It’s a command with a promise. Most parents could translate that promise like comedian Bill Cosby did for his kids in a joking way, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out. I can make another one of you.”
Seriously, though, consider the value that the word “honor” presents. It’s more than just obedience, but willing obedience considering the worth and respect for the ones you are obeying. Honor comes out of genuine love and results in harmony, peace and healthy relationships at home.
God is concerned about the family. In fact, the home was the first institution that God created before the church or the government. How important is family to you? The breakdown of every society in history began with the breakdown in the home. Disrespect, dishonor, divorce and rebellion destroy families and ultimately erode the strength of a society and a nation. God offers healing to those who have suffered the pain of a broken home. That’s really the whole point behind the Ten Commandments. These are God’s ideal standards for a happy and fulfilled life and a right relationship with Him. Sin disables us from keeping them so God provided a Savior, His own Son. And these laws were given to drive us to the Savior so that through Him we may find healing for our brokenness. Jesus said that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Only through Christ can we, too, fulfill the law that He gave us. Through our union with Christ and His life indwelling us, we have the capacity to honor others in authority over us even when they may not deserve it. More about that tomorrow.