Testing the Mantle (4 of 10) by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Testing the Mantle (4 of 10)
Series: Taking Control of Your Life
M. Kenneth Lyon
Exodus 20:12
July 25, 1999

It made the big ten. But did you ever wonder why? I mean after all, the first commandment, since God was the Deliverer of this bondaged people out of Egypt, seems to make good sense. "You shall have no other Gods before Me." The second one, "Make no graven images." Seems like fair to me. Don't misuse My name. Certainly we would expect to honor and respect. "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy." That's the one we're gonna do next week. Well, surely we need to make sure that God fits in the rhythms of our everyday life and we honor Him in the midst of those rhythms. But what's this one about "honor your father and mother that your days in the land that I give you might be long." Why is that? What in the world must God have been thinking about? Well, could it be that God knew that parents seldom get the respect they deserve so God put that one in there? Any of you who are parents think it ought to be there. Right? Yeah, sure.

Well, maybe, maybe God was thinking that when you look at human institutions, there are three sources of authority. One is government, how life in a community is structured with sources of authority, lines of accountability. The community of faith, certainly with the authority of God flowing through it and those God appoints as shepherds. And the family. For, you see, the family is the base unit of society. It is in the context of family that we first learn about authority, whether we have it or not, what's the appropriate use of it, the abuses of it. It's in the family and our relationship within that context that we are taught how authority flows. And truly the relationship we have with our parents then affects and impacts the relationship we have with all the other people that come into our sphere of influence and existence the rest of our lives. If you do not negotiate well the patterns of authority you learn in t ...

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