by Doug Tegner

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The Longing of Parents (4 of 9)
Doug Tegner
Exodus 20:12

Today, trend of 'blaming parents' for our quarks, vices and problems.

We have given ourselves permission to see ourselves as victims for our uncontrollable anger, insecurity and our distasteful personal habits.

Celebrities reveal that their parents abused them when they were kids ...alcoholism, repressed sexuality and overeating all do to their parents.

TV, parents are mostly caricatured as incompetent buffoons.

That is why this 5th of the 10 has much to say to us today.

EX 20: 12 Honor your father and mother

To some, these things will be easy to hear and respond to. You have the highest regard for your parents.

To others, you may feel deeply about what the Scripture is saying to us you feel yourself resist and avoid what the Lord is saying here

We have all experienced
There seems to be a deep desire in most everyone to have a meaningful relationship with their parents.

Notice the clause at the end of the verse:
So that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you
Paul in Ephesians 6:2 says that
this is the first commandment with a promise...
and what's the promise?
That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth
Somehow we are intricately connected to our parents and so much of our and their personal well-being is determined by the relationship.

And somehow, the condition of relationship between parents and children set the tone for an entire culture and society. It is the starting place for any correction a culture wants to find when kids and families go haywire.

Let's again set the context of the giving of these commandments.
Wandering Nomad of Jews traveled as a nation 'the Hebrews',
a number of subgroups, the various families, tribes, clans of Israel.
Wandering on way to the Land of Promise.
Moses to Mountain receives the commandments.
First four make up the first TABLE of the Law
dealing with relation ...

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