• Eddie Rogers, Minister

True News 4 U — Truth-Religion — 02/13/2021



This is a two part study of The Fifth Commandment.


Honour thy father and thy mother.


Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God gives you.

(Exodus 20:12, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, as the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God has commanded you, so that your days [on the earth] may be prolonged and so that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God gives you.

(Deuteronomy 5:16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


We find the Fifth Commandment is cited twice in the Old Testament and six times in the New Testament: Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Matthew 15:4, 19:19, Mark 7:10, 10:19, Luke 18:20 and Ephesians 6:2.


First on the Second Tablet


The two stone tablets that Yahweh gave Moses on Mount Sinai are usually depicted as containing five commandments on each tablet. However, it is more likely that the Fifth Commandment, not the Sixth, headlined the second tablet. This arrangement was substantiated by Yeshua:


35 One of them, a lawyer [an expert in Mosaic Law], asked Jesus a question, to test Him: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 And Jesus replied to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ 40 The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.

(Matthew 22:35-40, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


The first four commandments, which address man’s relationship with Yahweh, hang upon “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” The last six commandments, which address man’s relationship with man, hang upon “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Thus, the division for the two tablets was four and six rather than five and five.


Yeshua provided a second witness to this grouping by directly associating the Fifth Commandment with the second greatest commandment:


18 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; 19 Honor your father and mother; and love your neighbor as yourself[that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].”

(Matthew 19:18-19, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Fifth Commandment Significance


Where It All Begins


The Fifth Commandment, “Honor your father and mother,” is clearly linked with the second greatest commandment. It might seem odd that Yahweh would begin the second tablet with honoring one’s parents rather than with what might seem to man like more consequential commandments that address murder, adultery, larceny, perjury and covetousness. Thus, someone might think that one of the last five commandments might have been a better place to begin the second tablet. However, this is not true because we are talking about where it all begins!

All sin is the consequence of rebellion against godly authority, especially of one’s parents. The other crimes covered by the last five commandments are the consequence of first dishonoring Yahweh and then one’s parents and/or those whom one’s parents have placed a son or daughter under. All sin dishonors one’s parents and family. It is possible that the families of such degenerates as Ted Bundy[1] and Jeffrey Dahmer[2] had to change their names in order to escape their shame. It is not all that much different for the family of someone who is convicted of theft or drug abuse, or who, as the result of an immoral life style, bears a child out of wedlock.


[1] Theodore “Ted” Bundy (aka Chris Hagen) is probably America’s most notorious sex offender and serial murderer. Bundy confessed to 23 murders: 10 in Washington, 5 in Colorado, 4 in Utah, 3 in Florida and 1 in Oregon. He killed his first victim in 1974. He was convicted of two murders in Florida in 1978 and he was electrocuted in 1989.

[2] Jeffrey Dahmer was convicted of 17 murders in 1992 to which he pleaded insanity. He also admitted to cannibalism and necrophilia. While serving a life sentence in prison he was murdered by a fellow inmate in 1994.


Everything a child does in public is a reflection upon his parents. For example, when a young person wears baggy pants and he has an earring dangling from his earlobe or from some other part of his anatomy, a person should wonder what kind of parent would permit his child to dress in such a fashion. Parents should keep in mind that “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child….” (Proverbs 22:15). For this reason alone parents should decide what their child will or will not wear, including the style and length of their child’s hair.


Why? Because Paul used the word “children” when he reiterated the Fifth Commandment, this commandment is often interpreted as exclusively pertaining to young children while living in their parents’ home. However, in the Old Testament, this command is never applied solely to children, except in Leviticus Chapter 19 where it addresses “all the congregation of the children of Israel,” a phrase that implies both children and adults alike. Because when a child moves out of his or her parent’s home or even begins his or her own family, it does not mean that he or she is no longer required to honor his or her parents. In order to honor their parents, a person must not only guard what he or she says and does while they are young and they are living at home, but also in how they conduct themselves in society after they have grown up and moved out of their parent’s home. If a person desires to honor their parents, then this will dictate that they conduct their life in a moral and ethical fashion. King Solomon admonished his son(s) to do the same:


20 My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn; Open your ears to my sayings.


21 Do not let them escape from your sight; Keep them in the center of your heart.


22 For they are life to those who find them, And healing and health to all their flesh.


23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.


24 Put away from you a deceitful (lying, misleading) mouth, And put devious lips far from you.


25 Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage] And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity].


26 Consider well and watch carefully the path of your feet, And all your ways will be steadfast and sure.


27 Do not turn away to the right nor to the left [where evil may lurk]; Turn your foot from [the path of] evil.

(Proverbs 4:20-27, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


The entire collection of Solomon’s proverbs is essentially instructions on Fifth Commandment compliance. Solomon employed the words “my son” twenty-three times in thirty-one chapters. Proverbs 1:8, 3:1, 4:10, 20-27, 5:1, 6:20 and 7:1-3 pertain to more general advice from Solomon. The remaining “my son” admonitions concern areas of life that Solomon felt warranted more explicit instructions:

  • Warnings against associating with drunkards, gluttons, malcontents and prostitutes - Proverbs 1:10-15, 5:20, 23:19-20, 23:26-28.

  • Pursuit of wisdom and discretion - Proverbs 2:1-2, 3:21-22, 23:15, 24:13-14, 27:11.

  • Forsaking not Yahweh’s discipline - Proverbs 3:11.

  • Surety prohibitions - Proverbs 6:1-5.

  • Cautions against bad counselors - Proverbs 19:27.

  • Alcohol abstinence - Proverbs 23:26-32, 31:2-5.

  • The fear of Yahweh and Godly authority - Proverbs 24:21.


Longevity, Prosperity and Estate Perpetuity


The Apostle Paul pointed out that the Fifth Commandment is the first commandment with a promise:


1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. 2 Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— 3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may have a long life on the earth.

(Ephesians 6:1-3, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


The Fifth Commandment promises that if a person honors their parents, their “so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God gives you.” If we desire to live long, to prosper and to retain control of our property, then it is imperative for us to give to our parents the honor that is due them. Yahweh views the Fifth Commandment as being so consequential that He elevated it to the same stature as the entire Mosaic Covenant, at least as it pertains to the promised blessings for keeping it.


39 Therefore know and understand today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on the earth below; there is no other. 40 So you shall keep His [Yahweh’s] statutes and His commandments which I [Moses] am commanding you today, so that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and so that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.

(Deuteronomy 4:39-40, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


The Link Between the Two Tablets


The Fifth Commandment is not only the foundation for human relations; it is also the link between the commandments contained on the second and the first tablets, especially for a young child. In The Institutes of Biblical Law, R. J. Rushdoony, quoting Roderick Meredith, noted that parents “stand in the place of God” to a young child:


The family is not only the first environment of the child, it is also his first school, where he receives his basic education; his first church, where he is taught his first and foundational lessons concerning God and life; his first state, where he learns the elements of law and order and obeys them; and his first vocation, where the child is given work to do, and responsibilities in terms of it. The essential world for a small child is the family; his father and mother in particular. [Roderick] Meredith [in The Ten Commandments] has summarized the matter aptly: “In the eyes of a small child, a parent stands in the place of God Himself! For the parent is the child’s provider, protector, lover, teacher, and lawgiver.[3]


[3] Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1973) Volume 1, page 192.


A son or daughter who has not been instructed, as a child, in the art of honoring his or her parents is unlikely to respect Yahweh as an adult. This concept has also been rendered, “A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he or she finds something of God in His father.” The author of the book of Hebrews touches upon this same principle:


Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we submitted and respected them [for training us]; shall we not much more willingly submit to the Father of spirits [The meaning seems to be that God is the Father of that which is spiritual as well as that which is physical.], and live [by learning from His discipline]?

(Hebrews 12:9, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


The second tablet began with the Fifth Commandment because it is where man’s relationship with man begins and without a proper foundation in this commandment, a person will be more apt to struggle with the remaining five commandments.


Judgment Significance


The significance of the Fifth Commandment is also evident in that the judgment for certain statute violations are much more severe when committed against parents than when someone else has been violated in the same way. For example, only when parents are despised is the perpetrator cursed. Only when parents are reviled or struck is the perpetrator to be put to death. This standard alone demonstrates how important the Fifth Commandment is to its Author and how important it should be to His people.


Fifth Commandment Statutes


The Fifth Commandment, by itself, leaves some of the particulars in question, thus the importance of the statutes of this commandment. The statutes clarify and elaborate upon each of the commandments. A commandment without its statutes can be compared to fishing without bait, sailing without a sail or driving an automobile without gas. It is the statutes that break down each commandment into manageable portions and more operative specifics.


Fear


1 Then the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] spoke to Moses, saying,


2 Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God am holy. 3 Each of you shall respect [Literally, fear; the Hebrew can refer to respect or reverence as essentially healthy forms of fear.] his mother and his father, and you shall keep My Sabbaths; I am the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God.”

(Leviticus 19:1-3, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


In Romans 13:7 the Apostle Paul admonishes us to not only render honor to whom honor is due but also to render fear to whom fear is due. The fear of Yahweh is a statute under the First Commandment just as the fear of one’s parents is a statute under the Fifth Commandment. King Solomon declared that the fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom and thus, it is safe to conclude that this is where putting Yahweh above all else begins. In like manner, fear is also where a child’s obedience to the Fifth Commandment begins.


Someone is likely to respond, “When my baby was born he/she did not fear me!” This is true. An infant, when they are first born, does not fear his or her parents. Nevertheless, when he/she arrives at an age when he/she can or should begin honoring his/her parents, it must begin with fear.


Honor Must be Taught


A barber was once asked, “When would be the best time to bring a two-year old in for a haircut?” Without hesitation the barber answered, “When he’s four.” Obviously, the two-year old's that this barber had previously seen had not been properly disciplined in the art of honoring their parents and other adults.


Honor is not something that occurs naturally, it must be taught. The first time a child wants to do something his or her own way in defiance of their parents’ wishes, that is precisely what he/she is going to do, regardless of how much the parents have loved and pampered the child previously. He/she will naturally honor themselves and their own wishes rather than honoring their parents and their desires unless the fear factor is brought into play.


Time-outs and standing the child in the corner may sometimes achieve the correct outward reaction but seldom do they produce the desired inward response. To keep from wasting his/her play-time standing in the corner, a child may outwardly acquiesce and temporarily stop hitting his sister or brother. However, he/she does so for their own immediate benefit and he/she will usually, as a consequence, despise his/her parents rather than honor them.


Some psychologists promote sitting down and reasoning with a child. However, seldom can a young child be reasoned with anymore than a person can reason with a fool:


Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline [correction administered with godly wisdom and lovingkindness] will remove it far from him.

(Proverbs 22:15, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)


You cannot reason with foolishness but proper loving discipline, with instruction, will drive foolishness from your child. This same general principle has been summed up in a number of different ways:


A pat on the back helps develop character if given early enough, often enough and low enough.


Children, like canoes, are more easily controlled if paddled from the rear.


When a youth starts sowing his/her wild oats, it is time for the parents to start the thrashing machine.


Not only will the rod of correction drive foolishness from a child, it also fosters wisdom:


The rod and reproof (godly instruction) give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

(Proverbs 29:15, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)


Honor does not occur naturally with children but godly discipline will point them in the right direction.


The Rod of Correction


He who withholds the rod [of discipline] hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines and trains him diligently and [with wisdom and love].

(Proverbs 13:24, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


In the May 1990 Baby Care Magazine, in an article entitled “10 Myths About Child Development,” Julius Segal adamantly disagreed with the inspired words of King Solomon:


Spare the rod, and spoil the child. Probably no child-rearing fiction has been as convincingly disproved as this one - yet it is still devoutly believed by countless parents, who inflict physical pain in the name of discipline as a cornerstone of their child-rearing techniques…. Research has convincingly demonstrated that using the ‘rod’ creates children who are not more obedient but who are instead simply more angry and aggressive than other kids. Parents who routinely slap or strike their children are actually handing them a model of violence to imitate - and many do indeed grow to be abusive, some even murderously so.[4]


[4] Julius Segal, “10 Myths About Child Development,” Baby Care Magazine, May, 1990, page 7.


Imagine what some naïve parent is going to think after reading the foregoing paragraph. What parent in their right mind wants to raise a murderer!


Both sides of the corporal punishment debate can and have provided research, studies and statistics to substantiate their claims. Consequently, it comes down to the question: Whom are you going to believe? Are you going to believe some finite “createe,” who almost always has a bent toward rebellion against his or her Maker and His ways or are you going to believe the Creator Who formed you and knows best how you function and Who knows your needs much better than you do yourself?


Visit any public building or park and it is easy to distinguish the parents who believe in Biblical discipline and those who have been hoodwinked, double-crossed and deceived by Dr. Benjamin Spock[5] and his contemporary colleagues like Julius Segal. Parents who believe in the omniscient Yahweh and His instructions for their family do not have children making fools of them like those who have put their faith in some finite person who obviously does not know Yahweh. The disgrace and shame for such parents begins with fussy, whiney, uncontrollable toddlers; it only gets worse as they grow older.


[5] Doctor Benjamin Spock (1903-1998), author of Baby and Child Care (1946), changed the way generations of parents raised their children by rejecting the Bible’s mandate for corporal punishment.


In his later years, Doctor Spock rejected his own teaching after witnessing the consequences of a generation of children who had been raised by the principles found in his book Baby and Child Care:


We are what Dr. Benjamin Spock made us, which is why heis so troubled by the miserable mess Americans have made of their society…. The very generation raised by his precepts has let Dr. Spock down.[6]


[6] Jerry Adler, “Dr. Spock in Despair,” Newsweek (New York, NY: Newsweek, Inc., October 24, 1994) page 84.


Baby and Child Care” begins “Trust yourself, you may know more than you think you do,” whereas the Bible warns “The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes,….” (Proverbs 12:15) and “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12).


Abuse


King Solomon went so far as to laud the benefits of a good whipping when it is required:


13 Do not withhold discipline from the child; If you swat [Literally, smite.] him with a reed-like rod [applied with godly wisdom], he will not die. 14 You shall swat [Literally, smite.] him with the reed-like rod And rescue his life from Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead).

(Proverbs 23:13-14, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Michael Fay


Caning is not the recommended form of corporal punishment. Nevertheless, even the infamous caning by Singapore officials of Michael Fay for vandalism in 1994[7] did not kill him. However, it certainly deterred him and others from committing the same crimes again.


[7] On October 6, 1993 Michael Fay was found guilty in a Singapore court of law for possessing stolen street signs and for spray-painting automobiles. He was sentenced to four months in prison and to public caning. The caning was administered in May of 1994.


The Bible neither promotes nor condones abuse in any fashion. On the other hand, there are some parents who abuse the biblical mandate for corporal punishment and who go far beyond loving discipline. These exceptions are, of course, the incidents cited by anti-Bible liberals who reject Yahweh’s Laws. They hear of some isolated case of parental abuse and then label all physical discipline as cruel, barbaric and inhumane.


However, before falling for the propaganda of these agnostics and atheists, a person should keep in mind that these cynics are often the same people who hypocritically demand a woman’s right to cruelly, barbarically and inhumanely kill her baby while in the womb.


Children are abused in at least two different ways. Some children have parents who physically violate, molest and injure them. Other children have parents who abuse them by dereliction of duty. Children in the latter category are neglected and they are consequently allowed to go to seed, to hell if you will, as the consequence of parents who cannot bring themselves to do what needs to be done as it pertains to corporal punishment.


Such parents cannot hide behind the façade of a kind heart. A truly kind and caring parent looks beyond the pain of the present moment in time and looks to the future, possibly the eternity of their child. Kindness does not deprive a child of discipline, wisdom and direction in life. Whatever else might be said about J. Edgar Hoover, he had the following correct, “Parents who almost never have delinquent children are those parents whose decisions are controlled, not by the child’s wants but by the child’s needs.”[8] And sometimes children need a “swat team” sent out after them! Any parent who truly loves their children will discipline them even though they do not want to do this. True love sometimes hurts.


[8] J. (John) Edgar Hoover. Source unknown.


Those who, because of “a tender heart” or some other lame reason, refuse to discipline their wayward child are only contributing to the delinquency of their child. As a rule, it is delinquent parents who produce delinquent children. Not only are they abusers of their own children but they are also subsequently abusers of society in general. The lack of parental discipline leads to the lack of self-discipline and the lack of self-discipline often engenders derelicts and outright criminals. Eventually, children, undisciplined by their parents, will be disciplined, possibly by a judge in a human court of law or if not there then some day in the court room of the eternal Judge of judges.


Mothers First


In the Fifth Commandment, fathers are listed before mothers. However, in Leviticus 19:1-3, which mandates that children are to fear their parents, the order is reversed in that it specifies mothers first. The reason for this can only be speculated because the Bible does not expound on Yahweh’s reason for placing mothers first in this particular statute. Nevertheless, it is generally true that children have the innate tendency to fear their fathers more than their mothers. With this in mind, possibly mothers were given precedence in this statute to help insure that they will not be taken advantage of by their children, especially by older sons.


Women will get much further and reap greater dividends if they treat their husbands with honor, respect and gentleness. However, when it comes to their children there are times when mothers need to get tough. Yet, there are women who, because of their very nature, have difficulty doing so. Consequently, husbands must be their wives’ first line of defense. If a child’s mother does not enforce this statute, then the child’s father must enforce it on his wife’s behalf. In other words, fathers must never, under any circumstances, permit their children to speak or act dishonorably toward their mothers.


Yahweh’s Perfect Plan


When Yahweh’s blueprint for our lives is rejected, everything becomes inverted. It is Yahweh’s design that children, in addition to loving their parents, also fear them. However, in today’s godless society, it is often parents who fear their children. In 1983 Readers Digest published the article “I’m Afraid of My Own Child” in which the following was stated:


It’s a widespread problem that no one is talking about - it’s called the “Battered Parent Syndrome.[9]


[9] Cliff Yudell, “I’m Afraid of My Own Child,” Readers Digest (Pleasantville, NY: The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., August, 1983) page 78.


The Prophet Isaiah warned us of such a perverted society:


O My [Yahweh’s] people! Children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Your leaders lead you astray And confuse (destroy, swallow up) the direction of your paths.

(Isaiah 3:12, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


In contrast, consider more of King Solomon’s wisdom:


Discipline and teach your son while there is hope, And do not [indulge your anger or resentment by imposing inappropriate punishment nor] desire his destruction.

(Proverbs 19:18, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)


Transgression of the Fifth Commandment is one of the primary causes of the collapse of a godly society. It is also where a departure from Yahweh often begins for a child. A person is not likely to become a thief, murderer or adulterer who honors his parents and a person is not likely to dishonor his parents who honors Yahweh.


Listen


8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not reject the teaching of your mother.


9 For they are a garland of grace on your head, And chains and ornaments [of gold] around your neck.

(Proverbs 1:8-9, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)


A wise son heeds [hears] and accepts [and is the result of] his father’s discipline and instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to reprimand and does not learn from his errors.

(Proverbs 13:1, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Although there is nothing stated about listening to your parents in the Torah (Pentateuch), listening is a prerequisite to obedience.


Everyone has experienced a “conversation” with someone where it became evident that the other person’s mind was somewhere else and that they could really care less about what you were saying. “How rude! How disrespectful! How impertinent!” And yet multitudes of parents permit their children to treat them in the same disrespectful fashion.


It has been said that listening is a forgotten art. However, the forgotten art is training our children how to listen. If you expect your children to obey you, then they must first be taught how to listen. In other words, children should be made to give their undivided attention when addressed by a parent or by any adult. Disrespect begins not with disobedience but with indifference.


Honor begins by making your children give you their undivided attention when you are speaking to them and this does not just mean that they look at you when you are conversing with them. If you expect your children’s obedience, then you must not only make them stop what they are doing, shut their mouths and look at you but you must also get them out of what is commonly called “la la” land. Any parent who has witnessed that glazed-over look from their child knows what I am referring to.


First, get your child’s attention and then proceed with your instructions. If you do not first get their attention, it is your fault if they disregard your commands.


Obey


My son, be guided [keep] by your father’s [God-given] commandment (instruction) And do not reject [Literally, forsake.] the teaching of your mother;

(Proverbs 6:20, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Honor is principally demonstrated through obedience. The person who listens but does not obey is likened by the Apostle James as a fool who looks at himself or herself in a mirror and who then immediately forgets what he or she looks like (James 1:23-24).


The antithesis of obedience is rebellion and stubbornness. The Prophet Samuel explained to King Saul…


For rebellion is as [serious as] the sin of divination (fortune-telling), And disobedience is as [serious as] false religion and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text], He also has rejected you [The passage does not say that God rejected Saul, the man, but rejected his being king of Israel.] as king.

(1 Samuel 15:23, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


In Yahweh’s sight, you essentially have a bunch of little witches and idolaters running around your home if your children are rebellious and stubborn. But, whose fault is it if your children are uncontrollable, disobedient brats? Some parents obviously think that their children are supposed to magically be obedient and well behaved. It does not work that way. Thus, if you have a bunch of little “witches” and “idolaters” in your home, it is your fault for rejecting Yahweh’s instruction manual which is the Torah, the first five books in the Bible. If a parent points their finger at their child(ren) and says it is their fault for not listening; they need to look at their hand. Their index finger is pointing at their child(ren) and there are three fingers pointing back at them. We must remember that as a parent, it is their responsibility to train their child(ren) to listen and to obey their commands. By neglecting to do so, the parent is not showing their child(ren) “true” love. We must do as Yahweh does.


5 and you have forgotten [Or have you forgotten.] the divine word of encouragement which is addressed to you as sons,


My son, do not make light of the discipline of the Lord, And do not lose heart and give up when you are corrected by Him;


6

For the Lord disciplines and corrects those whom He loves, And He punishes every son whom He receives and welcomes [to His heart].”


7 You must submit to [correction for the purpose of] discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons; for what [Or who is a son whom.] son is there whom his father [or mother] does not discipline? 8 Now if you are exempt from correction and without discipline, in which all [of God’s children] share, then you are illegitimate children and not sons [or daughters at all]. 9 Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we submitted and respected them [for training us]; shall we not much more willingly submit to the Father of spirits [The meaning seems to be that God is the Father of that which is spiritual as well as that which is physical.], and live [by learning from His discipline]? 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for only a short time as seemed best to them; but He [Yahweh] disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness [right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose].

(Hebrews 12:5-11, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


We see in the above Scriptures where Yahweh disciplines His children and why does He do this? He does it because He truly loves His children and He knows what is best for His children. Shouldn’t we follow His example? Yes, we should if we truly love our children.


With Samuel’s parallelism in mind, parents should be mindful that witchcraft and idolatry are listed by the Apostle Paul as deeds of the flesh with serious repercussions:


19 Now the practices of the sinful [Literally, flesh.] nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), 20 idolatry [Including prostitution, which was often part of pagan ritual.], sorcery [Including such things as occult practices, witchcraft, worship of evil powers, drug-induced trances.], hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

(Galatians 5:19-21, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


How many of these deeds of the flesh are being manifested by your children? Hopefully your children are not exhibiting immorality, impurity, sensuality and drunkenness but what about “idolatry” and “witchcraft,” that is, stubbornness and rebellion? What about enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions and envying’s? These are the characteristics of the undisciplined.


The attributes of the parentally disciplined and the self-disciplined are found in the two subsequent verses and they are the product of Spirit-controlled lives:


22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

(Galatians 5:19-21, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Which list best represents your children?


In All Things and In the Lord


Children, obey your parents [as God’s representatives] in all things, for this [attitude of respect and obedience] is well-pleasing to [Literally, in, as “in the Lord’s presence.”] the Lord [and will bring you God’s promised blessings].

(Colossians 3:20, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Children are commanded to obey their parents in everything. However, absolute obedience to parental commands is conditional and it is only required when such demands are given “in the Lord,” that is, in harmony with Yahweh’s commands:


1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. 2 Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise—

(Ephesians 6:1-2, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)



As with all subordinate authority, children are only required to obey their parents when it does not transgress a higher command of Yahweh’s. In 1860, John Wingate Thornton plainly wrote about this truism:


no civil rulers [or any other authorities] are to be obeyed when they enjoin things that are inconsistent with the commands of God. All such disobedience is lawful and glorious…. All commands running counter to the declared will of [Yahweh] the Supreme Legislator of heaven and earth are null and void, and therefore disobedience to them is a duty, not a crime.[10]


[10] John Wingate Thornton, The Pulpit of the American Revolution - Political Sermons of the Period of 1776 (New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1970) page 86.


King Solomon’s wisdom demanded the same common sense approach to submission:


I counsel you to keep the command of the king because of the oath before God [by which you swore loyalty to him].

(Ecclesiastes 8:2, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)


No one has the right to require his or her child to do anything contrary to the expressed will of Yahweh as stated in His Absolute Written Word. If a parent does otherwise, a child has the right and the obligation to his/her Higher Authority (Yahweh) Who is his/her Creator, to disobey such wishes, desires or commands of a parent. Yeshua, as an adolescent, demonstrated that it is not insubordination to “disobey” a lower authority when obedience to a higher authority requires that you do so. In Luke 2:51, we are told that “He [Yeshua] went down to Nazareth with them, and was continually submissive and obedient to them [Joseph and Mary]…” However, in the three previous verses, we are told that Yeshua instead of leaving Jerusalem with His parents as expected, He remained behind to discuss the Torah (Law) with the religious elders. When Joseph and Mary returned and they found Him in the temple, the ensuing conversation took place in which Yeshua made it clear that He was more obligated to His Heavenly Father than He was to His earthly parents:


48 When they saw Him, they were overwhelmed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us like this? Listen, Your father [Joseph was recognized as the legal father of Jesus.] and I have been [greatly distressed and] anxiously looking for You.” 49 And He answered, “Why did you have to look for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in [Or occupied with My Father’s business.] My Father’s house?

(Ecclesiastes 8:2, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


As Unto the Lord


The phrase “in the Lord” can also be interpreted “as unto the Lord.” Anytime someone is given a command by a subordinate authority that is in concert with Yahweh’s will, the subordinate authority must be obeyed as if Yahweh Himself had delivered the same command.


Aside from Yeshua and His example of obedience unto the Heavenly Father, Isaac provides the consummate example of this type of obedience. In the biblical account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, it is Abraham’s obedience that is emphasized. However, Abraham was not the only one who obeyed that day on Mount Moriah. According to the book of Jasher,[11] Isaac was actually 37 years old at the time of the sacrifice and not the small boy as is typically depicted of him in illustrations. This means that Abraham was 137 years old. Consequently, if Isaac had rebelled and refused to be that day’s sacrifice there would have been little that Abraham could have done about it. What is often overlooked about this story is that when Abraham told Isaac that he had been commanded by Yahweh to sacrifice him, Isaac, honoring his father and his God, obediently climbed up and laid himself on the altar. The following is a portion from the book of Jasher of Abraham offering Isaac in this moving episode:


[11] The book of Jasher, although it is not considered part of the inspired canon of Scripture, it is cited twice and endorsed in Joshua 10:13 and in 2 Samuel 1:18.


…when they were going along Isaac said to his father, behold, I see here the fire and wood, and where then is the lamb that is to be the burnt offering before the Lord? And Abraham answered … the Lord has made choice of thee my son, to be a perfect burnt offering instead of the lamb. And Isaac said unto his father, I will do all that the Lord spoke to thee with joy and cheerfulness of heart…. There is nothing in my heart to cause me to deviate either to the right or to the left from the word that he has spoken to thee…. And he [Abraham] took his son Isaac and bound him…. And Isaac said to his father, bind me securely lest I should turn and move, and break loose from the force of the knife upon my flesh and thereby profane the burnt offering…. And Abraham … wept when Isaac spake these words; and Abraham’s tears gushed down upon Isaac his son, and Isaac wept bitterly, and he said to his father, hasten thou, O my father, and do with me the will of the Lord our God as he has commanded thee. And the hearts of Abraham and Isaac rejoiced at this thing which the Lord had commanded them; but the eye wept bitterly whilst the heart rejoiced. And Abraham bound his son Isaac … and Isaac stretched forth his neck upon the altar before his father, and Abraham stretched forth his hand to take the knife to slay his son as a burnt offering before the Lord.

(Jasher 23:50-65, emphasis and comment added)


Although Isaac was spared, he nevertheless honored his father “I will do all that the Lord spoke to thee.” Our children should be taught to do likewise. In addition to obeying fully, they should also be trained to respond instantaneously. In other words, a child should be taught to obey the first time a request is made or a command is given, regardless of the voice inflection, instead of the sixth, eighth or tenth time when the parent’s voice has reached that certain pitch that lets his or her child know that he/she finally means business.


Eventually, every good parent will demand obedience. Consequently, it is just a matter of how and when you train your children to respond - the first time, as unto the Lord or after a certain number of demands and only after you have screamed at them. If you already have a problem with the response time in your home, the problem is not with your children but rather with how you trained them. However, as difficult as it may first appear, it is never too late to repent and to put your house in order.


This same principle holds true for any authority a parent places his or her child under. Because subordinate authority, including civil authority, falls under parental authority and parental authority falls under Yahweh’s authority, any bona fide authority must be obeyed as if it were Yahweh Himself.


Parental authority is often viewed as being second to civil authority, when in fact it is just the opposite. The proper structure is Yahweh’s authority is above all others, parental authority next and finally civil and all other authority. This is demonstrated by the fact that children are not gifts given by Yahweh to government or anyone else but rather they are gifts given to their parents:


3 Behold, children are a heritage and gift from the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text], The fruit of the womb a reward.


4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.


5 How blessed [happy and fortunate] is the man whose quiver is filled with them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies [in gatherings] at the [city] gate.

(Psalm 127:3-5, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


In other words, civil government has no business requiring anything of a child which that child’s parents has not given it permission to demand. Civil authority is or should be, just an arm of parental authority or better yet, Yahweh’s authority. Government is not an authority of a child except when it is acting under the authority of and in the best interests of Yahweh and that child’s parents. The same holds true for spiritual leaders. They too act as an extension of Yahweh and a child’s parents. Any authority that acts outside representing Yahweh and takes a child into custody is committing kidnapping. The penalty for kidnapping is death.


Whoever kidnaps a man [woman or child], whether he [or she] sells him [or her] or is found with him [or her] in his [or her] possession, must be put to death.

(Exodus 21:16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


Needless to say, there has been and still are those who are continuing to kidnap men, women and children today who work for local, state and national governments. Little do they know that they are subject to His death penalty. These authorities need to have conclusive proof that they parent(s) of a child(ren) are in danger in order to remove the child(ren) from their parents. Be this a warning to ALL governing authorities who act outside representing Yahweh that YOU are subject to His Death penalty. All outside governing authorities who kidnap a man, woman or child(ren) are also subject to Yahweh’s death penalty. WOE be to YOU.


The Apostle Paul mentioned subordinate authority when writing to the Galatian church:


1 Now what I mean [when I talk about children and their guardians] is this: as long as the heir is a child, he [or she] does not differ at all from a slave even though he [or she] is the [future owner and] master of all [the estate]; 2 but he [or she] is under [the authority of] guardians and household administrators or managers until the date set by his [or her] father [when he or she is of legal age].

(Galatians 4:1-2, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)


The principle of subordinate authority and the honor due them is clear in this passage. The guardians, household administrators, managers and governors or governesses are placed over a child by his or her parents, specifically by a child’s father or mother if the father is deceased or who has left his family. This is known as “coverture expansion,” that is, when a father, in his absence, puts his child(ren) under the care, tutelage or protection of someone else. This is something that fathers do quite often and, as a rule, far too lightly.


If you are wondering, “Do I do this?” Consider the following questions:

  • Does your child attend a public or Christian school?

  • If home schooled, are your children tutored or apprenticed by someone else?

  • Are your children involved in any extra-curricular activities or outside clubs?

  • Do your children receive private voice, instrument or martial arts lessons?

  • Are your children involved in Little League or other sports outside of the home?

  • Are your children employed outside the home?

  • Are your children ever cared for by babysitters?

If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you have placed your child(ren) under the expanded coverture of these club leaders, instructors, coaches, employers or guardians. What do you know about these people? What are their values? Are they Christians, agnostics or atheists? What kind of examples are they to your children? These are things we, as parents, need to know before placing our valued child(ren) into the care of these people. All too often no thought is given to the above questions about these people we are trusting in to oversee our child(ren).


When a father or mother places their child(ren) under the authority of someone else, they have essentially told their child, “This person meets my approval and they have my blessing. I’m convinced that with this person, you will be spiritually, emotionally and physically safe.” A responsible adult and honorable parent will thus carefully interview anyone who he or she intends to expand their coverture responsibilities to. Once your coverture has been extended to someone else, your child(ren) should honor them as they do you, that is, “as unto the Lord.”

This concludes Part One of our study on The Fifth Commandment. Stay tuned for Part Two next week.

I SEE MEN AS TREES WALKING

while the focus is zooming into clear view

(Mark 8:24 :o)

November 11, 2020

Psalm 119:121-128 Second John

Psalm 119:121 AIN.

Ayin


By Jeff A. Benner

Early Hebrew Middle Hebrew

Late Hebrew Modern Hebrew


Ancient Name: ayin

Pictograph: Eye

Meanings: Watch, Know, Shade

Sound: Silent

https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/ancient-alphabet/ayin.htm

Psalm 119:121 AIN. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.

Psalm 119:122 Be surety for Thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

Psalm 119:123 Mine eyes fail for Thy Salvation [H3444 YESH-OO’-AW],

and for The WORD of Thy Righteousness.

The WORD made flesh?

see:

John 9:39 And YESH-OO’-AW/Jesus said,

For judgment I am come into this world,

that they which see not might see;

and that they which see might be made blind.

Selah, Pause & Muse, think...

Psalm 119:124 Deal with Thy servant [even me] according unto Thy Mercy,

and teach me Thy Statutes.

Psalm 119:125 I am Thy servant;

give me understanding,

that I may know Thy Testimonies.

Psalm 119:126 It is time for Thee, YHVH, to work:

[my 2 cents, for what it’s worth:

Often, on Friday afternoon,

when the sun is lowering

in the west

and I have much work to finish

before our FATHER’s time of rest (per Hebrews 4:1-10),

I speed up my attempt to finish;

and, it appears to me

that the Psalmist is pleading with YHVH

to speed up

as the SHABBAT Millennium is nigh at hand!]

for they have made void Thy Law [H8451 TORAH].

[while they are honoring the pope’s day of rest]

Psalm 119:127 Therefore I love Thy Commandments above gold;

yea, above fine gold.

Psalm 119:128 Therefore I esteem all Thy Precepts

concerning all things to be right;

and I hate every false way.

The book of Second John is only ½ page; yet, it is LOADED with nuggets of GOLD! Again, if I may toss out “my 2 cents, for what it’s worth:

2 John 1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children,

[Who is the Elect LADY?

This is only my postulate; however,

I believe that all 12 Tribes of Ya’aqov/Jacob

are the Wife of YHVH per:

Isaiah 54:5 For thy [ISRAEL’s] Maker is thine Husband; YHVH (the SELF-EXISTENT not Yeshua, The BEGOTTEN SON, but YHVH) of hosts is HIS name; and Thy (Israel’s) Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The ELohim of the whole earth shall HE be called.

Isa 54:6 For YHVH (The FATHER) hath called Thee

as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a Wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy ELohim.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but

with great mercies will I gather thee.

and Jeremiah adds emphasis by telling us:

Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith YHVH (The FATHER); for I am married unto you (ISRAEL!): and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:]

[Yes, ISRAEL] whom I [YHVH] love in The TRUTH; and not I only, but also all they that have known The TRUTH [as me, a Gentile, with Ruth, a Moabitess,

we LOVE ISRAEL! and want Her GOD to be our GOD!];

2Jn 1:2 For The TRUTH's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

2Jn 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from YHVH the Father, and from Adonai Yeshua Mashiyach, the Son of the Father, in TRUTH and Love.

2Jn 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of Thy children walking in TRUTH, as we have received a Commandment from The Father YHVH.

2Jn 1:5 And now I beseech thee, Lady [ISRAEL], not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee [ISRAEL], but that which we [all of ISRAEL] had from the beginning, that we love one another.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after HIS [YHVH’s] Commandments. This is The Commandment,

That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

2Jn 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

2Jn 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

2Jn 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Mashiyach, hath not YHVH. He that abideth in the doctrine of Mashiyach, he hath both

the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

2Jn 1:12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

2Jn 1:13 The children of thy elect sister [Samaria (& Sodom) per Ezekiel 16:46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.] greet thee. Amen.

YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible, especially as the sun is setting on this 6th Millennium!

MARANATHA!

G3134

maran atha

mar'-an ath'-ah

Of Chaldee origin (meaning our Lordhas come); maranatha, that is, an exclamation of the approaching divine judgment: - Maran-atha.

Meanwhile, AYIN see trees walking :o)))

Yes, ABBA IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. Amen.

Rog


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Modern Jewish teaching does not recognize that the Messiah has come, much less that he will come again. They typically do not teach Isaiah 53 as being a messianic prophecy. But what if we told you it wasn’t always that way? There is historical evidence in their own writings, that ancient rabbis believed and taught that Isaiah 53 is a messianic prophecy and that there was to be a Messiah arriving two different times, as Messiah ben Yoseph and Messiah ben David on the 4th and 7th days.

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There is something inspiring this work which she shares in the video, these entities are going to the kings and queens of the earth as she is dubbed the queen of media. See how all this fits into Bible Prophecy as well as how it relates to the Mark of the Beast soon to be enforced worldwide.

Revelation 16:13-14 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (14) For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

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Timothy Dixon is a humble preacher who supports himself by driving a tractor trailer truck. God has been giving him spiritual dreams for years. God speaks to people in dreams at times and you can find this fact throughout the Bible. Sometimes the Bible refers to dreams from God as a "Night Vision".

God's word tells us in the 2nd Chapter of Joel and the 2nd Chapter of Acts that in the Last Days one way He would speak to us is "Your old men shall dream dreams". I believe that God has given Brother Timothy Dixon this dream and others and that you will agree if you check up in your heart. The Bible says to try the spirits and see if they are of God. If you are a spiritually discerning person I'm sure this dream will be confirmed to your spirit by the Holy Ghost.

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