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Friday, August 7, 2020

The Fifth Commandment: The "Star Trek" Commandment: part 1

 I was never a fan of the old Star Trek tv series, I personally found it silly. However, most of those who watched it were really, really huge fans and will take issue with me about it being silly. I did watch it though. It came on on Sunday afternoons way back when and there was nothing else on so, what's a young man to do? And we only had three channels available on tv. Anyway, you will see the connection between Star Trek and the fifth commandment later.

The ten commandments are found, as you know, in the 20th chapter of the book of Exodus. Our particular commandment is found in v.12, Exodus 20:12. Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Exod. 20:12 NAU). And it is repeated in Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus, chapter 6, verses 1-3,  Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. (Eph. 6:1-3 NAU) Paul's comment on the fifth commandment explains what the fifth commandment was teaching. And Paul being a former Pharisee and outstanding Jew would know this.

The thought came to me this week that the fifth commandment is one of ten and therefore it made it onto "God's Top Ten." God's top ten. Remember Casey Casem's America's Countdown? He had his top ten picks of the week. Yeah, it's kinda like that.

I have always known that God takes family relationships very seriously and He expects us to do likewise. So it isn't any surprise that this commandment about Jewish parents is included. 

And, furthermore, since the ten commandments were "added because of transgressions" (Gal. 3:19), it means that somehow the Israelites had dishonored their parents. The transgressions or sins that brought about the necessity of the law of Moses began on day one when Adam and Eve blew it for all of us. If one should go back to Genesis 3 and read up to Exodus 20, one will see the dozens of transgressions the descendants of our original parents committed.

Transgressions were acts that offended the holiness of God and if anything fit that bill it would be dishonoring one's parents. And then I asked myself, "why not homosexuality or bestiality or drunkenness or pedophilia? Why didn't those gross sins make it onto God's top ten? God says they are abominations and punishable by death. They didn't make into the top ten? But they did make it into God's law found elsewhere in the books of the law. Lev. 20:9-16. 

I will continue this series on the fifth commandment in a couple of days.

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