2020-10-11 - Injury Laws
The Penalty for Violating the Fifth Commandment
b. The Penalty for Violating the Fifth Commandment
God had emphasized the importance of the family, by demanding the child honor his parents. Here, the law takes the principle into the specific application. If a child strikes his parent, he is deserving of death. I tried to nail down the word for strike in Hebrew, and the thought seems to be more violent then just a slap in anger. What is clear here is when an act of violence against the parent occurs, it doesn‘t have to be fatal to deserve the death penalty. Why do you think that might be the case?
Can you see the danger of disobedience to this command in our culture?
Moving in to verse 17, it can be seen the issue again is one of attitude, for here the death penalty is for cursing parents. The child is incorrigible and unmanageable, and God intends the family be sacrosanct. The family is the foundation of the social structure of Israel,
“Cursed be anyone who dishonors his father or his mother.‘ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.‘” (Deuteronomy 27:16 ESV).
First, the value of life is emphasized, and then the importance of the family is maintained.