Wednesday, July 6, 2016

4th Commandment

4th Commandment - July 6, 2016

Honor thy father and thy mother that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God that we may not despise our parents and masters, nor provoke them to anger, but give them honor, serve and obey them, and hold them in love and esteem.
As we see in the 10 Commandments, God’s law is divided into two tables.  The first table teaches us our duty to love God.  The second table teaches us our duty to love our neighbor.  To love God requires that we fear him and trust him.  To fear him is to acknowledge that he made us and that he is right to hold us to his holy standards.  To trust him is to have confidence toward him that he will deal with us as he has promised in his word.  This is what it means to love God.  It is both to fear and to trust him so that we have no other god, so that we call upon him in all trouble, and so that we gladly hear his word.