Week of 6.19.2022 | Day One
The Fifth Commandment marks a shift from our heavenly relationship to our earthly relationships. Commandments One through Four are about honoring our relationship with God. Five through Ten are about honoring our relationship with one another. This commandment is essential to being able to rightly obey the rest of the commandments that relate to our earthly relationships.
In the Fifth Commandment we see God’s desire for us to honor the closest figure of earthly authority we have, our parents. It is for children of all ages, not just young kids.This commandment also extends to honoring our spiritual family within the church, our spiritual parents or elders.
Jesus fulfilled this commandment perfectly, honoring both His earthly parents and His Heavenly Father, God. His perfect example makes it possible for us to lovingly submit to God’s authority on earth as it will be done in heaven, for eternity.
What is the promise attached to this commandment?
How do you honor your parents, as a child and as an adult?
How are you tempted to dishonor them?
Take time to pray, thanking God for giving you people to be His representatives of authority in your life. Even though our earthly authorities are imperfect, you can always trust God, whose authority is perfect.
Discuss ways that each member of the family can show honor to the authorities in your life and to God. Write it down as a visual reminder and encourage each other throughout the week by praying that you would outdo one another in showing honor.