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Sunday, June 16 2013
For The Love Of God: 5
"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments"
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 Kingdom Of The LORD God).
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 (see also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).
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)
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)
Even as He was in agony on the cross (see Crossing The T), the Messiah obeyed the Fifth Commandment by seeing to the care of His mother (Joseph had obviously died by that time; see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary? and Joseph Of Nazareth):
"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 What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?), 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: Why is the true Church of God called a "mother" through whom God will become the Father of His "born again" children?
This Day In History, June 16
363: While under attacks from the Persians, Emperor Julian retreated up the Tigris River while burning his supply ships.
455: Rome was sacked by the Vandals, a Germanic tribe (hence the term "vandalism").
1487: The Battle of Stoke, the last great battle fought on English soil, brought an end to the War of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster.
1654: Queen Christina abdicated the Swedish throne after converting to Roman Catholicism.
1567: Mary Queen of Scots was locked up in Lochleven Castle prison.
1671: Cossack rebel leader Stenka Razin was executed in Moscow.
1745: British troops took Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada.
1746: The Battle of Piacenza during War of Austrian Succession; Austria and Sardinia defeated a Franco-Spanish army.
1779: Spain declared war on Britain; the Great Siege of Gibraltar began.
1815: After marching into Belgium earlier in the month, Napoleon found himself confronted by 2 allied armies, which he tried to split. On this day, a French attack at the crossroads called Quatre Bras on the British army failed to rout it or take the crossroads. The Prussian army also retired intact. Both armies faced Napoleon 2 days later at Waterloo.
1891: John Abbott became Canada's third Prime Minister since the present-day nation was founded in 1867 (July 1 is Canada Day, the national holiday).
1897: The Republic of Hawaii was annexed to the U.S.
1903: The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1932: The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1933: Chaim Arlosoroff, a prominent Jewish Zionist (see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ) organization leader, was murdered at Tel Aviv.
1952: A Swedish rescue plane searching for a lost aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighters over Swedish territorial waters.
1955: At the Vatican, Pope Pius XII excommunicated Argentine President Juan Peron.
1963: Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, aboard the Vostok 6 (Sally Ride became the first U.S. female astronaut in space 20 years later, in 1983).
1969: British Field Marshal Harold Alexander died at age 78. During the Second World War, he commanded the evacuation of 300,000 troops at Dunkirk (where he was the last man to leave the beaches), directed the allied ground offensive that resulted in the surrender of German forces at Tunis in May 1943, appointed commander of all allied forces in Italy in 1944, Governor-General of Canada 1946-1952, served as minister of defense 1952-1954 in Winston Churchill's government.
1993: Canada's peacekeeping mission to Cyprus ended after 29 years. The troops transferred their sector to British and Australian troops the previous day.
2012: China launched Shenzhou 9; the spacecraft carryied three astronauts, including the first female Chinese astronaut, Liu Yang.