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Daily Reading: 5th October 2016

 

Matthew 5.19 cont.

19 Whoever, then should break one of the least of these commandments and should teach men to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall practices and teach them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The honouring of father and mother is something that comes and goes throughout the various stages of our life. When we are young children we tend to think of our parents as being our heroes; what they say is full of absolute truth. During teenage years this changes, and quite often we react to rebel against our parents, thinking that they do not understand our situations. This may lead to disrespecting our parents.

However, when we grow up into adulthood and parenthood we quite often revert to honouring and respecting our parents. We revalue their input and all they have done for us. As our parents reach old age we honour them by looking after them and doing things that they can no longer do for themselves.

This is a commandment given to us by God.

Jesus quoted this command when confronting the Jews for their disregard for their parents:

9)    And He said to them: “You excel in disregarding the commandment of God, so that you might keep your tradition

10)   For Moses (drawing out) said: “Honour your father and your mother,” and, “the one cursing his father or mother must die.”

11)   But you say: “If a man says to his father or mother: ‘whatever advantage you may have had from me is ‘Corban’ (a gift offering to God), which is a temple gift”;

12)   no longer do you allow him to do anything for his father or mother,

13)   By your traditions you invalidate (cancel) God’s word, which you betray, and many such things like this you do.

Those within the church who teach others to disregard their parents break the command of God.

There is no place for this practice amongst the followers of Jesus.

It is also a command that carries with it a promise of a full and long life. Therefore, it is for our own good to honour our mum and dad.

If we have not honoured our parents during their lifetime and they are no longer with us, then we should confess this to our Heavenly Father, and seek His forgiveness.

 

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