[CF Devotionals] 2015-03-08 - The Fifth Commandment

How Should Adults Honor Their Parents?

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Why is this culturally relevant in our Culture?

Which brings us to the next question, and that is the issue of the relevancy of this command to our day. By following this commandment into the teaching of the New Testament, in both the words of the Lord and in the writings of Paul, I think that we can assume that we are still bound by this today.

Do you think there is really a problem with this? First let's talk about how society in general treats their parents, and then more specifically the Christian community.

Dr. McGee sees this as a concern of duty to both God and man, as noted earlier, for the following reasons.

“The father and mother stand in the place of God to the little one who is growing up. The little one looks up to the father and the mother, and that is the way it should be.” “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother” Proverbs 1:8). Father and mother are to stand in the place of God while their children are small.” 1

This is pretty scary when you think about the responsibility this places on parents. One thing this does not mean, though is, as we become adults we are still called to obedience to parents. (By the way, I think it is important to note even when we are talking of the need for children to obey their parents, this is assuming the call is not to disobedience to God. This can become an issue sometimes, for older children who being saved, have unsaved parents.) We, as adults though, are still called to honor them.

Honoring deals with how we interact with our parents, not a requirement to obedience to them as adults. We read in Genesis 2:23-24, that with marriage comes responsibility to the spouse and the separation from parents.

Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Again, this doesn't mean there is no longer responsibility to the parents, but the adult is no longer bound to obedience, but has to stand on his own. And yes, this can get messy when we are considering adult children still living with their parents.

To be continued.

  1. McGee, J. Vernon. Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, "Vol. 1," Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville TN, 1981, p. 548.

To be continued.

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