by Ken Trivette

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I Love You Mom and Dad (6 of 11)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Ken D. Trivette
Exodus 20:12

A mother that had scrimped and saved to put her son through college sat in her son's graduation. She watched as he walked across the platform and received his degree with honors. As he walked down the isle, instead of turning into the designated row, he kept walking; down to where his mother sat. The young man threw his arms around her neck, kissed her on the cheek, and as he placed his diploma in her hands, he said, ''Here, Mother, you earned it!'' The fifth commandment addresses that which many parents have earned. Honor! ''Honor thy father and thy mother.''

The fifth commandment begins the second section of the Commandments. The first four approach man's relationship to his God. The next six are concerned with man's relationship to those around him. The fifth commandment describes the first relationship that a person knows in life; a father and mother. It is the commandment that divided the Ten Commandments for it is the parental relationship that properly introduces and prepares us for our relationship with both God and man.

The fifth commandment is re-affirmed in Ephesians 6:1-3. ''Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.''

An inscription on an old Egyptian tomb read, ''We are living in a dying and decadent age. Youth is corrupt, lacking in respect for its elders.'' Such an inscription could be a fitting description for our day. Many children are unappreciative and unthankful for their parents. The disrespect that is shown parents is appalling. Paul spoke of the perilous times in II Timothy chapter 3, and one of the characteristics of those times is ''disobedient to parents.''

Many children ought to feel like the little boy that expressed concern about his parents. He told how his dad work ...

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