Saturday, February 26, 2011

Honoring Parents Age Limit-And The 10 Commandments

Question:
My parents are difficult to deal with. I am in my thirty's and my parents are always bossing me and my children. The always quote the Bible but they never go to church. Do I have to do what they tell me? I have asked preachers but no one can answer this.

My Answer:

The Bible talks about children and parents. In the Ten Commandments it does not give age restrictions on our obligation to honor parents. It is logical to assume that the commandments were given by God through Moses to adult Hebrews. In what we call the fifth commandment, children are not charged with keeping this but adults. Those adults will then teach the commandments to there children. God has set a pattern where families have a continuous cycle of teaching the ways of the Lord from generation to generation. Their is no statute of limitations on the Ten Commandments for believers today. Are parents always right? No. But we are commanded to honor them. Christians like to talk about the Kingdom. Our kingdom has a King, King Jesus.

As Moses received this commandment from the LORD that commandment came with a promise.

Exodus 20:12 [NASB]"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you."

The New Testament reinforces that the Commandments are still applied to a Christian's life. In our Christian lives we are under grace not law-yet we honor The Law which is the will of God to lead our lives. In Galatians the use of the law is described in a Christians's conversion.

Galatians 3:24 [NASB] "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith."

The Apostle Paul reinforces The Law (Moral Law or the 10 Commandments) to the New Testament believers in Ephesus.

Ephesians 6:2 [NASB] "HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),".



Honor your parents. No, they will not always be right. But we treat our parents with honor. We respect our parents even when we disagree with them. One day you might be in charge of there physical care. In the cycle of life your children may be in charge of your physical care one day. You will be blessed and a blessing in all of these situations if you follow this commandment.

Jesus rebuked Pharisees in not caring for there parents. The offenders said they had given their money to serve God and could not be expected to care for there parents. Christians like to talk about the Kingdom. Our King gives commands. In the New Testament He reinforces the Commandments as part of Kingdom living.

Matthew 5:15-16 [NASB] 5"But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God," 6he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition." Jesus wants us to honor our parents clear and simple.

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