Topic: Laws of God
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)
Now, we have come to the second set of the Ten Commandments, which is our relationship with each other. As we see, the Ten Commandments were not made for our religious practice, but establishing relationship with God and people. In other words, God didn’t start to create religions and try to make many roads to Heaven. Oprah Winfrey, Barak Obama, and Joel Osteen created proclaimed that there are several ways to Heaven, but my Bible says that there is the one way to have eternal life, which is through Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…” Allah, Buddha, Virgin Mary, or any wooden images of gods don’t guarantee us to have eternal life, except Jesus Christ.
God established for us to have family. We read how God constituted for Adam to have family in Genesis 2:24. Begin in Genes 4, we read about the first family and how this family turned into tragedy situation. It is not clear stated why Cain killed his young brother and how his relationship with Adam and Eve was. But he complained lot. He said to God, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?”
How is your relationship with family? Even though Exodus 20:12 dedicates to honoring parents, it is also related to whole family. We cannot live in this world without establishing relationship with our family.
Paul said in Ephesians 6:1-3, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” We need guidance from our parents for us to live life. Respecting and obeying our parents is the key to have successful life. Even God shorten our earthly time, we would need to continue to build relationship with God, family, and people around us.