The Fifth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives you.

What is the New Testament meaning of this commandment?

We should honor and love God by respecting and pleasing our parents and our superiors in that we honor, serve, obey, love and esteem them.

When a child honors his parents he holds them in very high esteem which embraces love, modesty, humility, kindness and reverence. With all of his heart and mind he regards his parents and his guardians as being next to God. He respectfully obeys and serves them as though they were God's agents on earth.

Living long upon the land should be a desire of every child. This promise is made to him if he properly honors his parents. If children love Christ they will keep His commandments. If children love parents they will keep their commandments.

The following are ways that children can honor their parents.

1. Parents and guardians should be held in honor and esteem above all earthly things, as the most precious treasure on earth.

2. In speaking to parents, children should talk softly, never haughtily or defiantly, and submit to them in silent obedience, even though they may go too far.

3. The child honors his parents when he with his labor and possessions obeys them and shares with them when they are sick, infirm or poor.

4. When a child has honor for his parents, he will usually respect others and obey the rules at school and the laws of the land.

In so doing he will live long upon the land which the Lord gives. God will keep His promise.

Assignment for this lesson:

Exodus 20:12; 21:15-17; II Kings 2:23-25; Proverbs 30:11-14; 31:10-31; Jeremiah 35:1-19; Daniel 1:3-21; Luke 2:39-52; John 2:1-11; 19:25-27; Ephesians 6:1-2.

Copyright in 1978 by R.O.Corvin