“THE LORD’S TABLE”
March 31st, 2022
Mat 15:4 -6
“For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”
We have been raised in our homes, church and culture that as a child to a parent/guardian; respect and honour is our required mandate. ABBA has explicitly instructed this ordinance in the 10 commandments,it is the 5th commandment that we are OBLIGATED to obey! Here CHRIST, retrieves and recalls the commandment while including the above words that requires us to examine His intent.
Christ’s clear command – everyone should give honour to their father and mother and in reference to these verses; He states a penalty for extreme disobedience to this command. This is what He is saying to you and I; often time adults who no longer live in their parents’ household or under their authority, feel or believe that they no longer have to obey their parents or guardians. Yet, JESUS instructs that them and us that we are still commanded to honour them; that commandment was relevant then and it still applies and endures to us in this hour.
Can you believe that some Jewish people of Jesus’ day had a way of getting around the command to honour their father and mother. These conniving people believed and declared that all their possessions or savings were a gift to God therefore, they were especially dedicated to Him, so they believed and said that their resources were unavailable to help their parents. *this is a doctrine of man and from the pit of hell* Honouring our parents also ACTIVELY INVOLVES meeting their needs even after we have moved out of their home, whether we are living a single life, married life etc. even well into our elderly years. Again, Christ confronts the “tradition of man” of these being “ultra super religious” in their belief.
Remember your parents, thank them for their sacrifice, forgive their faults and if you have lost your parents or guardians, honour a living parent type figure that you admire and respect, consider someone that is a “spiritual parent(s)” in your life. May Christ’s eye draw attention to your obedience and bless you! Never forget these who have helped to mold your physical and spiritual life!
In His Name,
Min. DeeAnne Mataitoga
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