Honor Your Father And Your Mother
Facebook might be in hot water for being easily manipulated and abused by the Russians trying to sway the U.S. election, but there’s a positive side that enables us to keep up to date with friends, sometimes about important needs. Mary and I have already gone through the sandwich time in life when you’re tasked with taking care of elderly parents at the same time that you’re trying to get kids through college and into a career. On Saturday, a friend in the midst of this challenge shared how her aging mom, just home from the hospital, was struggling to breathe. An EMT was available and it was obvious that the 63 % oxygen level was not good. She needed some help breathing, and even though her personal physician was out of town, my friend was able to call him. Soon the oxygen machine was up and running and this precious mom was improving.
A family, an EMT, a physician, and some loving caregivers were willing to do all they could to help my friend honor her mom. This honor included taking care of her in old age in sickness and in health, but this is not always the case in families. In fact, in Jesus’ day he faced religious leaders who created a loop hole with a lot of wiggle room for those trying to escape the implications of the fifth commandment. How did Jesus respond?
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Isaiah got it right when he prophesied about you hypocrites, as it stands written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is certainly far away from me. They worship me in vain—teaching teachings that are only human commandments. You’ve abandoned God’s command while holding fast to the traditions of men.’
He went on, ‘I’m right when I make this accusation that you invalidate God’s command while maintaining your human traditions. For example, Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother, and those who are continually speaking against their mother and their father should be put to death.’ But you maintain someone can say to his father or his mother, ‘Whatever assistance you might have received from me is Corban. It’s a gift to God and you can’t expect any assistance from me. In fact, I’m not legally permitted by the religious authorities to use these resources to assist you.’ By this legal maneuver you void God’s command by your traditions you have handed down. In fact, you do many things like this’” Mark 7:6-13
Jesus is serious about empowering us to keep his divine commands, like the need to honor our parents. If we follow Jesus, he will move us to show respect toward our parents, and we will get angry about any legal maneuvers by either the State or the Church that uses jesuistry to wiggle out of obedience to God.
LORD, pour strength into my friend and her family as they continue to provide tender loving care to their mom and also their dad. Praise the Lord for your children who are not following religious traditions and rules but obeying your commands from their hearts. Move your people to honor the fifth commandment.
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