2010-05-30 - Relevant in Our Culture
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 29
Originally Published 2010-05-30
Why is the Fifth Commandment Relevant in Our Culture?
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, though? 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 we 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."
This is pretty scary, when you think about the responsibility that this places
on the parents.
One thing this does not mean, though, is that as we become adults that 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.
“The man said, “This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was
taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother
and be united to his wife, and they will 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.
Admin's Note: This is one out of a full series on The Ten Commandments of which
there are several series available. A page should be available listing these studies
in a few weeks. Grace & Peace.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
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