12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Keeping in the theme on extrapolating the commandments. The fifth commandment concerns the duties we owe to our relations. Honour thy father and thy mother, includes esteem of them, shown in our conduct; obedience to their lawful commands; come when they call you, go where they send you, do what they bid you, refrain from what they forbid you; and this, as children, cheerfully, and from a principle of love. Also submission to their counsels and corrections.
Endeavouring, in every thing, to comfort parents, and to make their old age easy; maintaining them if they need support, which our Saviour makes to be particularly intended in this commandment, Matthew 15:4-6.
Careful observers have noted a peculiar blessing in temporal things on obedient, and the reverse on disobedient children.
I refer to Jeremiah 35:18,19 to note obedient children being rewarded. Jonadab was famous for wisdom and piety. He lived nearly 300 years before, 2 Kings 10:15. Jonadab charged his posterity not to drink wine. He also appointed them to dwell in tents, or movable dwelling: this would teach them not to think of settling any where in this world.
To keep low, would be the way to continue long in the land where they were strangers. Humility and contentment are always the best policy, and men’s surest protection. Also, that they might not run into unlawful pleasures, they were to deny themselves even lawful delights. The consideration that we are strangers and pilgrims should oblige us to abstain from all fleshly lusts.
Let them have little to lose, and then losing times would be the less dreadful: let them set loose to what they had, and then they might with less pain be stript of it. Those are in the best frame to meet sufferings who live a life of self-denial, and who despise the vanities of the world. Jonadab’s posterity observed these rules strictly, only using proper means for their safety in a time of general suffering.
Satan plays on our vanity in all aspects of our walk. It is required of us in following Christ, that we duly attend his ordinances, strictly follow his pattern, and cheerfully submit to his disposals; and this from love to him, and in dependence on him.
To sell all, and give to the poor, will not serve, but we are to follow Christ. The gospel is the only remedy for lost sinners. Many abstain from gross vices who do not attend to their obligations to God. Thousands of instances of disobedience in thought, word, and deed, are marked against them in the book of God. Thus numbers forsake Christ, loving this present world: they feel convictions and desires, but they depart sorrowful, perhaps trembling. It behoves us to try ourselves in these matters, for the Lord will try us. And Satan plays on this weakness as part of his plans.
When children fail to honor their parents the separation from our Lord comes through the failure to walk away from Luxurious Sins, because we have become comfortable in them and with our justifications. Like theyoun man who forsook Yeshua’s answer to sell all and give to the poor. Satan uses our fleshy gratification to make it very difficult to remove ourselves even knowing we are dishonored our Father in heaven. Which is Satan’s ultimate goal.
The great duty of children is, to obey their parents. That obedience includes inward reverence, as well as outward acts, and in every age prosperity has attended those distinguished for obedience to parents.
The duty of parents. Be not impatient; use no unreasonable severities. Deal prudently and wisely with children; convince their judgements and work upon their reason. Bring them up well; under proper and compassionate correction; and in the knowledge of the duty God requires.
We see Satan at work here causing parents to stumble in their obligation as part of the Commandment. Often this duty is neglected, even among professors of the gospel. Many set their children against religion; but this does not excuse the children’s disobedience, though it may be occasion it.
God alone can change the heart, yet he gives his blessing to the good lessons and examples of parents, and answers their prayers. But those, whose chief anxiety is that their children should be rich and accomplished, whatever
Satan works both sides to bring separation from God, by causing the parents to fail and as result the children as well to dishonour the fifth commandment.
Remember these articles are published by an obedient servant. Thank you for your courage in seeking truth and Eternal life. Never stop building your relationship with our Savior recognize each chapter and verse you research is drawing you closer to Him.
May all go in peace, knowledge, and God’s compassion.