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So, we often hear about commandments, but what about a commandment tied directly to a promise from God? In a continuing effort to build a biblically blessed family, we look at how all children who ...

So, we often hear about commandments, but what about a commandment tied directly to a promise from God? In a continuing effort to build a biblically blessed family, we look at how all children who honor their parents are blessed by God.

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  • This is obviously not a promise; a God-given promise produces results and we ought to be able to see those results. But the fact is, not everyone who honors his/her parents, experience long life while some very despicable characters, do.

    At best, this verse is telling the reader/hearer that honoring ones parents, showing them deference, heeding their counsel, following them in their worship of Jesus, can certainly keep them from the kinds of things which lead to early death.

    How do I know this? My Son, my only Son, honored both my wife and I. He gave his life to Christ at an early age, kept himself pure, didn't drink, attended services, taught a Bible study - on the battlefield and had many, many praying for his safety. In the end, he was killed when he was struck by an enemy RPG in Afghanistan.

    I believe this to be the single most misunderstood Scripture in the Bible for there are many, many, more examples of young people dying from a variety of causes; sickness, accidents, murder and the war zone, who honored their parents.

    If you are going to use those who have not suffered death as an example to the contrary, you run the risk of causing disillusion in thousands because if e cannot see men and women honoring their parents as the very thing that can give them long life (according to the 'promise'), then you stand as an elitist, awaiting for God to knock you down for your arrogance....Even Job watched his entire family destroyed. There is no evidence that his children did not honor him!
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  • The First Commandment With Promise The blessing that comes with life long honor to your parents.
  • Introduction
    • The Bible is full of “commandments.”
      • The “Ten Commandments” are widely known in the O.T. while the N.T. has numerous commandments.
      • But how many Christians pay any attention to a commandment tied directly to a promise? Exodus 19:5-6; Deut. 28
  • Introduction
    • Interestingly enough is that the apostle Paul referred to the commandments of obedience and honor from children to parents…as the first commandment with promise.
      • We will look at the responsibility children have in keeping this commandment.
      • We shall see the promise of God given to those who faithfully keep this commandment.
  • Children, Obey and Honor Your Father and Mother
    • Original : Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you . Dt. 5:16
    • The apostle’s wording of the commandment is a derivative of the original commandment.
    Paul : Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise) , so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth . Eph. 6:2
  • Children, Obey and Honor Your Father and Mother
    • History behind Paul’s words.
      • The original context dealt with the “Land Promise” and how Israel would continue in the haven of God’s safety while they served Him.
      • Paul takes the principle of the Old commandment/promise and applies it to Christians under their current circumstances.
  • Children, Obey and Honor Your Father and Mother
    • Disrespect for parents seen in physical and verbal abuse of them by their children was so serious it was designated a capital offense. Commandment 5 was a serious matter! Other ancient law-codes, e.g., the Code of Hammurabi, also respected parental authority and prescribed severe consequences, although not the death penalty. Exodus 21:15,17
  • Children, Obey and Honor Your Father and Mother
    • Children, obey your parents in the Lord.
      • Broadening the principle to include children under the authority of their parents.
      • There is no greater way to begin honoring your parents than by obeying them.
      • Obedience reflects: respect for authority, humility under authority, and the ability to transfer this principle to other areas – especially unto the Lord.
      • Exhortation: children – do what your parents ask of you immediately with joy .
  • Children, Obey and Honor Your Father and Mother
    • Honor your father and mother.
      • The primary force behind this statement are for (older) children to care for their parents if/when needed. Cp. 1 Tim. 5:3-5; Matt. 5:4-8
      • It is important to note that while we have programs and facilities to serve the needs of elders, there is nothing like children honoring their parents in their old age.
      • Application: those who faithfully heed this commandment bring numerous blessings upon themselves, their families, even society itself.
  • The First Commandment With Promise
    • The first commandment with promise: interpretative challenges:
      • Some argue that this is not the first commandment (given) with promise (cp. Exo. 19:3-5), while other believe that it is.
      • Some believe first refers to children needing to learn this commandment while others teach that first refers to priority or rank.
  • The First Commandment With Promise
    • What we do know is that obedience and honor is directly tied to the promise.
      • That it may be well with you.
      • That you may live long on the earth.
  • Conclusion
    • Parents and children alike should be greatly motivated for the blessings God brings upon those who faithfully teach/learn obedience and honor.
    • May God’s promise be realized in your family.