Summary: This study takes a look at the Ten Commandments from a New Testament perspective.
Honor Thy Father and Mother.
This commandment is fairly self-explanatory but there is a lot to learn about this command to honor and the Bible has much to say on this topic. Let’s look at the command God gave to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 5:
16 ’ Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
There are three areas that the Bible addresses in detail concerning honor. In our modern generation the concept of honoring our parents is a forgotten commandment. The Bible foretells of this generation in which we now live in Proverbs 30:11-14
11 There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. 13 There is a generation -- oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.
In this modern generation the average person looks at everything from a ‘me’ perspective. People do not want children because it interferes with their careers and personal goals. In the U.S. last year, there were 1.37 million abortions and most were performed solely for the sake of convenience. World wide there were over 46 million abortions. According to Proverbs 30:14, there will be a generation that devours the needy from off the earth. Why would anyone devour the needy? Simply because of convenience. If these children were allowed to live, they would be considered a burden to the selfish generation that lives for its own selfish purposes. While this generation in which we live justifies itself in its own eyes yet is unwashed from sin, this self-justifying generation stands to become the most murderous generation in history. Not only has this generation lost its ability to feel shame, but it praises its sin as being noble. An online newspaper published an article praising women who have abortions or sterilization for their ‘self-sacrifice’ to protect the environment. They spotlighted two women who have made this ‘sacrifice’. One of the women had an abortion after stating that having a child was not an option. She explains:
"Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet,"
While claiming that not aborting children is selfish, Toni, the woman being interviewed made the following statement:
I’ve never doubted that I made the right decision. Ed and I married in September 2002, and have a much nicer lifestyle as a result of not having children.
Truly the warning of Jeremiah 17:9 rings true, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked”. The wickedness of the human heart can justify killing an unborn child so that man can have a ‘nicer lifestyle’ and then convince itself this is a noble deed by claiming to do it for the sake of the planet. The second woman being interviewed echoed a similar world view when she stated: