by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted froim Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Broadcast #66

(Exodus 20:12)

Last week we looked at Commandment Number Three, which was about
profanity, or taking the Name of the Lord in vain. One man said,
"I didn't have anything left to say after last Sunday's sermon." I
hope a lot of folks got their vocabulary cleaned up so they could
honor the Lord with their lips.
Now we come to Number Five. God's Word tells us: "Honor your
father and your mother." This is called the centerpiece of the Ten
Commandments. The first four deal with our relationship to God.
The next six deal with our relationship man-to-man. This centerpiece
is very important because it begins. with the basic authority--the
authority in the home, the authority of the parents.
This is important to God. In fact, it is so important that in
the scripture it is enunciated several times. For instance, in the
following chapter it is repeated: "He who curses his father or his
mother shall surely be put to death." (Ex. 21:17) In that day, if
it was heard that you cursed your parents, they just put you to death,
That's how sacred and honored parents were then, and you will find
that still to be the truth in the East and Mideast.
Inrt Leviticus 20:9, God repeats it: "If there is anyone who
curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death;
he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood guiltiness is upon
him." In Proverbs 20:20 it is repeated: "He who curses his father
or his mother, his lamp will go out in time of darkness." And Proverbs
30:17: "The eye that mocks a father and scorns a mother, the ravens
of the valley will pick it out and the young eagles will eat it."
God has- repeated and reiterated the importance of honoring parents.
Notice that God places "father and mother" on the same line. In
our society mothers are seemingly emphasized more th ...

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