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Honor Your Father and Your Mother

The 5th Torah/Instruction commands us to honor our father and our mother. What is honor? How do we truly honor our parents?

The commandment for today we should meditate is the 5th commandment, that, I am sure, all of us fell short and are guilty of breaking.

[12] “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days shall be prolonged in the land which ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YAHUWAH) your Aluahim gives you.

ใ€ŒShemot (Exodus) 20:12ใ€, Literal English Version

What is “honor”?

According to Google Search, honor as noun means (a) high respect; esteem; and (b) a privilege.

How to give “honor”?

Yet again, according to Google Search, to give honor is to (a) regard a person with great respect; and to (b) fulfill (as to an obligation) or keep (an agreement).

The 4th Commandment

To honor your father and your mother then means we give them a high and great respect and to fulfill our obligation to them as is expected by man (society; culture) and ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YAHUWAH) our Aluahim.

The question that many asks is what if what our fathers and mothers were doing and is asking of us is against the laws of the land and of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YAHUWAH)? Then, politely refused, especially if it is against ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YAHUWAH). However, humiliating them to the public or fighting with them is, no doubt, goes against this very commandment.

An example is turning our parents over to the authorities. Yes, they may have violated the law of man, but the law of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YAHUWAH) is greater. We are to honor our fathers and mothers. We are not to speak ill of them nor bear witness against them.

Yet another is disobeying them when their decision is sound and does not goes against the law of man and especially not the Law of ๐ค‰๐ค„๐ค…๐ค„ (YAHUAH/YAHUWAH). Like it or not, they do know what is best for their children. They have been there and they have done the things that we, as children, have no idea of the consequences.

Meditate

Thus, today, let us meditate on this. Did we honor our father and mother the Scriptural way? Did we say, even in passing, things that dishonors them? Or did we put them in high regard when we hear ill words spoken against them?

Bringing flowers is one thing. Honor is truly shown by standing up for them and only remembering the good things they have done. Ever experienced those moments when you felt you are dishonoring them with what you were saying or doing? Ever felt that pang in your chest? Or that uneasiness in your soul?

Shalom my brethren!


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