[CF Devotionals] 2015-03-03 - The Fifth Commandment


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Let's take a look again, at what Paul says about this in Ephesians 6:1-4. It is clear that Paul considers this commandment just as applicable to the church, as it was to Israel. He wants it to be clear that while children are bound to this regardless of the behavior of the parents, the parents also have a responsibility - to help the children be obedient. Notice by the way he speaks to fathers, I guess that means that mothers would never provoke their kids.

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? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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

“Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, ‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.’

He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God, for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, ‘What you would have gained from me is given to God, he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:1-9 ESV)

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

To be continued.

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