Honor your father and mother




There is so much of beauty emanating from honor. In Exodus 20:12, God says:


'Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.'






Among the first ten commandments,this commandment was the only command attached to a promise. Spiritual curisosity should incline every believer to show interest to the subject of honor.


In Deuteronomy 5:16, the same command is reitarated and even amplified:


'Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.'



In Matthew 15, Jesus discusses the fourth commandment.It is interesting to note that even though Jesus showed mercy to the woman caught in adultery (reference John 8:1-11), His argument does not contain any mercy for whoever reviles father and mother (reference Matthew 15:4). The level of importance He gives to the fourth commandment is well manifest in John 19:25-27 where He gave a son to His Mother Mary. That given son was the Apostle John who took Mary in his home.



I am by no means implying that the other Apostles did not honor their parents, but I would like you to think about those things concerning the Apostle John:



* John never died a violent death.


* John lived the longest among all the Apostles.


*On a comic and funny note: though he did not live eternally on Earth, his longevity was rumored to be unending (reference John 21:20-24).


Many could make assumptions to explain the longevity of the Apostle John's life but I believe that there is a strong link between the honor John gave to Mary as his adopted Mother and his long life.


Just think about it...



Two promises emanate from honoring our parents:



*The promise of a long life.


*The promise that it may go well in the land that God gives us.



The land mentionned in Deuteronomy 5:19 is not only referring to a territory but also to the destiny He promised to each one of us.



What a beautiful commandment.