by Ken Trivette

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The Perfect Ten For A Whole Life (Ten Commandments)
Ken Trivette
Exodus 20:12

1. The Role That Is Described
A) A Good Parent
B) A Godly Parent

2. The Respect That Is Demanded
A) Honor That Is Expected
B) Honor That Is Earned

3. The Reward That Is Declared
A) The Enrichment of Life
B) The Extension of Life

As we continue our study of the Ten Commandments we come to a transition in the commandments. As we saw in our first study, the Ten Commandments address two very important relationships in life: our relationship with God and our relationship with man.

The first relationship that is addressed is our relationship with God. The priority of our life is to be properly related to God. The first four commandments tell us that if we are right with God we will have no other gods before us. The Lord will be first in our lives. If we are right with God we will not bow down to or serve anything or anyone but God. We will worship Him and Him alone. If we are right with God we will not take His name in vain, but will revere and reverence His name. If we are right with God we will make the Lord's Day a hallowed and holy day.

Furthermore, the order of the commandments reminds us that if we are right with God, we will be right with man. We will not steal from others, kill others, be unfaithful to others, or bear false witness. How we relate to others is a good indication of whether or not we are right with God.

The fifth commandment, which is the focus of this study, is the first of the Ten Commandments that address our relationship with others. It speaks of the first relationship we have with others--our parents. It is actually a bridge between these two relationships. It is the parental relationship that prepares a child for a proper relationship with both God and man.

Someone has said, "Mom and dad see God in the Bible. Children first see God in mom and dad." The first impressions of God ...

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