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Sunday, August 28 2011
The Way To Salvation: Step 5
The Fifth Commandment:
"20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12 KJV)
The first four of the Ten Commandments (see also The Mount Sinai Prophecy and Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff) command (not suggest) how humans are to recognize, worship and obey the only true God (see The Two Great Commandments). The next six Commandments command (not suggest) how humans are to live in peace with other humans - beginning with parents (birth parents, adopted parents, or legal guardians - as it has been through all of human history), the first humans that we learn to be "people" with.
Violation (in the Word of God, "violence" means any act of violation, whether or not it's physically "violent" i.e. "to do violence to God's Law"; see Violence) of the Fifth Commandment was a death penalty offense:
"21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son [see also The Mount Sinai Riot], which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear." (Deuteronomy 21:18-21 KJV)
Honoring parents is not however a "one way street" - parents have a responsibility to conduct themselves so as to be worthy of honor:
"6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:1-4 KJV)
"19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." (John 19:25-27 KJV) (see also Aunt Mary?)
The Fifth Commandment, which deals with those who gave us physical life, also applies ultimately to how we may be born into spiritual life (see Born Again, How and When?), in which God is the Father, the Holy Spirit of God is the means of "spiritual conception," and the Church (as an entity, composed of potential, as yet unborn Children Of God) is the mother (see The Righteous Woman's Victory Over The Great Whore):
"6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." (Matthew 6:9 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) Is Jesus Christ "the first-born among many"? (b) Do all people, male and female, "Jew and gentile," have the very same opportunity to be children of God?
This Day In History, August 28
475: Western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos fled Ravenna, his capital, while under attack by Roman general Orestes.
489: Ostrogoth forces under King Theodoric defeated Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo.
1189: During the Third Crusade (see The Crusades), the Church of Rome "Crusaders" began the Siege of Acre.
1349: Thousands of Jews in Mainz, Germany were murdered by people who accused them of causing the bubonic plague.
1413: St. Andrew's University in Scotland was chartered by a papal decree from Gregory XII.
1521: Ottoman Turks occupied Belgrade (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1609: Delaware Bay was explored by Henry Hudson, for the Netherlands.
1789: William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Enceladus (both "Saturn" and "Enceladus" are examples of pagan names that scientists have foolishly applied to many things in God's Creation - they hypocritically deny the existence of God, while using the names of pagan gods for their "science").
1883: The British Parliament banned slavery throughout the British Empire.
1914: Three German cruisers were sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrived in Chunking to meet with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in what turned out to be a fruitless attempt to avert civil war.
1963: Amidst a national protest march for integration, U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King met with President John Kennedy at the White House. Later that day, King made his famous "I have a dream" speech. Within 5 years, both Kennedy (later that same year) and King (in 1968, the same year as John Kennedy's Presidential-candidate brother Robert) were assassinated.
1990: The government of Saddam Hussein declared Kuwait to be the 19th province of Iraq, in a move that foreshadowed the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
1996: A British court finalized the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.
2005: Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and Mississippi, devastating New Orleans.