by Joe Alain

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Family First, the Commandment with a Promise (5 of 10)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Joe Alain
Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3

The fifth message in a series of ten sermons on the Ten Commandments.

''Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.'' Exodus 20:12, ESV

''Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 'Honor your father and mother' (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 'that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.''' Ephesians 6:1-3, ESV

The fifth commandment is the centerpiece of the Ten Commandments. The first four deal with our relationship with God, the vertical dimension. The other six with our relationship to each other, the horizontal dimension. Family relationships, society, it all must be built upon the foundation of God as laid out in the first four commandments. It's significant to know that as we begin to deal with our relationships with each other, that the first of these commandments deals with relationships within the family. God is saying, healthy and godly relationships begin at home, the family first!

That puts the family where it belongs, in the center and the beginning. Unless people learn to live together in the family, they aren't likely to learn to get along with anybody anywhere else. God is placing a great importance on the family. The family is the foundation of society. It was the first institution (Gen. 1:27-28). Before states, before governments, before the church, before anything else there was the family. And as the family goes, so goes everything else!

It's no wonder that the family (your family) is under such severe stress and attack today. If it is the foundation of society, if it is so important to God, no wonder it is being undermined today from without and from within. From without, marriage and family by many people is being redefined. We as Christians need to see the whole marriage an ...

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