regulated the relationships between parents and children with a
spiritual law when He gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. God stressed
that children must honor their parents but it is interesting that He did
not conversely mention that parents should love their children.
The family is the basic building block of every nation; a nation is only
as strong as its families. For most people the word honor does not give
a proper understanding of what God wants from children. It can also mean
respect and care, and provides a deeper meaning to what God intended.
This particular commandment contains a curse and a blessing. If a child
honors his parents, he will be given a long life on this earth, but the
flipside is that his life can be shortened if he fails to obey the Lord
in this matter. This concept is not emphasized in most churches and few
children honor their parents as a result.
In most nations today, a child is considered an adult when they turn 18
years old. At the time of Jesus, a child became was considered an adult
when they reached 30 years of age. This meant that a child was supposed
to obey their parents and be under their supervision until they reached
Knowledge in a nation is only retained one generation at a time and God
instructed the Hebrew parents to educate their children about the Lord.
If an adult generation failed to pass on its knowledge, the next
generation would be lost and history repeatedly shows us that was true.
When God commissioned Moses to set up a government, He did not tell
Moses to create a retirement system like Social Security in the United
States. Instead, God chose to use the nucleus of the family, in which
parents raised and nourished their children, and when the parents became
old and feeble and could no longer care for themselves, it was the duty
of the adult children to step in help until the parents died. The
government did not impose a tax on the people to take care of the
elderly. Each family simply took care of their own and this was all part
of the command to honor the parents.
Join me this Sunday morning if you want to know how to live a blessed
life in Christ and be part of God's system. We will examine what the
Bible says about family, the environment in which it should function and
how children should honor their parents with obedience in order to have
a blessed life on earth.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell