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Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Fifth Commandment: The "Star Trek" commandment conclusion

    And there it is, the "Star Trek" commandment.  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)

Do you see it? "So that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the Earth." "Live long and prosper." Thank you, Mr. Spock.

The Hebrew word translated "honor" in Exodus 20:12, means to put weight on our parents in the sense that we value them and their opinions and their wisdom. However, not all parents are worthy of their children's honor. And another "however." There is nothing said about honoring only worthy parents. The honor is from our side, not theirs. Honoring our parents is in our court, not theirs. It is those who honor their parents who will be blessed and not the parents.

My parents were sexually immoral people. My dad associated with homosexuals and was very likely homosexual himself, and my mother committed adultery more than once, finally being arrested for occupying a motel room for immoral purposes. But by the grace of God, on a Tuesday morning in March of 1974, I came to faith in Jesus Christ and I was enabled by the Spirit to love and forgive my parents. My mother came to faith in Jesus while I shared the gospel with her. Dad never did. But I was the one responsible for honoring them and I did by forgiving them their myriad trespasses against me while I was a kid.

While we are not "under the law but under grace," the ten commandments still serve to remind us of the will of God. And that's what the apostle Paul meant by "with my mind I serve the law of God."

In Jesus' name. Amen

1 comment:

  1. What a blessed testimony. I pray your day just gets better and better.

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