Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mothers out there...Happy Mother's Day! Day in and day out, mothers provide for their family. They work, they cook, and they make sure that their children gets the best. Without their care and guidance, who knows where we would be.

Exodus 20:12
"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, so that your days may be long..."

Ephesians 6:2
"Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise...

The Bible promises a long life if you honor your father and mother. Honor is of high respect as if you were to honor an award to someone. It also means to give credit for someone's tasks or profession. The word is also used to glorify or to recognize, and the very last to signify the dignity of that person's position in your life.

How can a person have a longer life if they honor their parents?
We know a lot about early child development and the human psyche. We know that if you have a good relationship with your parents, you have a better emotional and mental life. A good physical, emotional, and mental upbringing is better than a bad one. Common sense right?

As an adult, we should continue to honor our parents even if we disagree with them. We should continue to recognize what they've done for us. We can never truly repay them for bringing us up into this world. As birth or adopted parents, they gave us life. That's the gift that is hard to ever repay.

Importance of this law in the Ten Commandments
As we know, the Ten Commandments is active in the New and Old Testament (Matthew 5:17-18). Whenever Jesus quoted a law from the Ten Commandments, He calibrated the Jews. He taught them to not only follow the letter of the law, but the spirit of it. Here's some examples of Jesus calibrating the Jews...
  • Matthew 12:10: You can't heal or help people on the Sabbath -- the Jews made that up. Jesus corrected them.
  • Matthew 5:21-22: Not only shouldn't you murder someone, you shouldn't even be wrongfully angry at them or call them names!
  • Mark 2:27: Man wasn't made for the Sabbath but vice versa. The Sabbath was made for mankind (that's a universal statement in Greek, meaning the whole world not just Jews alone).

    So what did Jesus say in terms of honoring your father and mother? He corrected the teachers of the law and told them not to be hypocrites. "Jesus in the gospels of Matthew and Mark reminds the religious Jews that lip service isn’t all that is required in the honoring of parents. But making sure also that they are loved and financially and physically cared for in their old age." (Source:
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