[CF Devotionals] 2010-05-23 - Resistance to the Commandment

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 28

Honor Your Father and Mother

It seems that this command has always created problems for those that are supposedly following it. Jesus required obedience to it in Matthew 19:17-19:

“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’

In fact, we find Jesus going after some of the Pharisees over this very issue.

Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men." (Matthew 15:1-9)

They were looking for a way to claim obedience, while in reality, totally getting out from under their responsibilities. I wonder how often this is the same thing many are guilty of today.

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Geoff

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