Week 7 Bible Study Ten Commandments: 5 & 6

 


Week 7: Ten Commandments Study, #5, & #6

“Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the LORD your God gives you.” Exodus 20:12 AMP

In this study we will look at the fifth and sixth commandments. Although these commandments are a bit straighter forward, let’s examine the text to provide some additional insight.

With the fifth commandment Yah instructs us to honor our parents and I’ve quoted the Amplified Bible translation to point out that honor includes respect, obedience and care. This is the posture God wants us to have towards our parents and being that He is our heavenly father we should also be showing Him our respect, obedience and care. When we keep this commandment we also learn how to have respect for authority as a whole.

This is not the only passage of scripture where we are instructed to honor our parents, another passage where this is mentioned is at Matthew 19:17-19 Yahusha (Jesus) said, “Jesus answered, “Why are you asking Me about what is [essentially] good? There is only One who is [essentially] good; but if you wish to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments. He said to Jesus, “Which commandments?” And Jesus answered, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT GIVE FALSE TESTIMONY; HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF” [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].

Jesus isn’t only calling out the fifth commandment here but many of the others as well and for me this is another confirmation of the importance of keeping the commandments as a whole and as instructed by Yahusha (Jesus) Himself.

Commandment six, “You shall not commit murder (unjustified, deliberate homicide).” Exodus 20:13 AMP

The reason I chose the Amplified translation is for context. Here we see the distinction being made that we must not commit unjustified and deliberate murder. This classification is and was important because there were times when people would be killed through various accidents and there were exceptions made for these particular incidents. In biblical times they had what was called “Cities of Refuge” where these people could escape to for protection from any family members looking to avenge their loved ones.

While we go through each of the commandments individually I just want to point out that although there were only ten commandments, there were over 600 laws given to the Israelites from God to instruct them on how He expected them to live and to govern their way of life.

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