True News 4 U — Truth-Religion — 02/20/2021
Today, we will finish up our two part study of The Fifth Commandment.
“Cursed is he who dishonors (treats with contempt) his father or his mother. And all the people [Israel] shall say, ‘Amen.’ ”
(Deuteronomy 27:16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Young’s Literal Bible translates the phrase “dishonors” as “making light,” Ferrar Fenton renders it as “insults,” the New English Bible translates it as “who sleights” and the New Berkley Version renders it as “despises.” The Hebrew word “qalah” literally means “to hold in contempt.”
There are children who would never consider robbing or physically harming their parents but who are cursed nonetheless because they hold their parents in contempt. To some people this may seem especially harsh. However, to Yahweh such a person is wicked. King Solomon comments upon the contempt of the wicked:
“When the wicked man comes [to the depth of evil], contempt [of all that is pure and good] also comes, And with inner baseness (dishonor) comes outer shame (scorn).”
(Proverbs 18:3, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The root problem of such contempt is pride:
“3 Be gracious to us, O Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text], be gracious and favorable toward us, For we are greatly filled with contempt.
4 Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease, And with the contempt of the proud [who disregard God’s law].”
(Psalm 123:3-4, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Contempt is usually the by-product of someone who thinks that he or she is more important than those he or she holds in derision, a condition very common to the majority of today’s teenagers who have not been disciplined to honor their parents. Pride is one of the seven things that Yahweh hates most:
“16 These six things the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:
17 (1) A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], (2) a lying tongue, And (3) hands that shed innocent blood,
18 (4) A heart that creates wicked plans, (5) Feet that run swiftly to evil,
19 (6) A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], And (7) one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.”
(Proverbs 6:16-19, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Heading this list of abominations is “a proud look” or “haughty eyes” as it is rendered in the New American Standard Version. Solomon had the following to say about haughty or lofty eyes:
“11 There is a generation (class of people) that curses its father And does not bless its mother.
12 There is a generation (class of people) that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
13 There is a generation (class of people)—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are raised in arrogance.”
(Proverbs 30:11-13, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Solomon also tells us what the consequence is of such eyes:
“The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young vultures will devour it.”
(Proverbs 30:17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
Although this proverb is probably not meant to be taken literally, nonetheless, it can be seen how serious a transgression despising one’s parents is to Yahweh.
A child who dishonors, despises or hates his or her parents is usually the person who is most miserable. Parent-contempt is essentially a form of self-hatred because ill feelings poison the child harboring them and often it makes the child more miserable than the parent against whom such feelings are harbored.
Furthermore, contempt often leads to more grievous offenses such as cursing, robbing and physical abuse, all of which are becoming more prevalent in today’s godless society.
“7 You shall consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God. 8 You shall keep My statutes and do them. I am the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] who sanctifies you.
9 If anyone curses his father or mother, he shall most certainly be put to death; he has cursed his father or mother; his blood is on him [that is, he bears full responsibility for the consequences].”
(Leviticus 20:7-9, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
Cursing one’s parents may not be deemed as that serious of a transgression. However, it is serious enough in Yahweh’s judgment to warrant the death penalty. Children today who curse or malign their parents can count themselves blessed that a Christian civil body politic enforcing Yahweh’s commandments, statutes and judgments is not in power today.
According to the Apostle Paul, fathers especially need to be careful to…
“Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or exasperate your children [with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by favoritism or indifference; treat them tenderly with lovingkindness], so they will not lose heart and become discouraged or unmotivated [with their spirits broken].”
(Colossians 3:21, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Nevertheless, even if parents provoke their children, it does not excuse children from speaking irreverently to or cursing their parents. Children are to bear up even under what they consider to be harsh and unjust treatment:
“18 Servants [The Greek refers to household servants who may have been well-educated and managed the estate. This is applicable to all subordinates such as employees, wives and children.], be submissive to your masters [employers, husbands and parents] with all [proper] respect, not only to those who are good and kind, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 For this finds favor, if a person endures the sorrow of suffering unjustly because of an awareness [Literally, conscience toward.] of [the will of] God. 20 After all, what kind of credit is there if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you endure it patiently? But if when you do what is right and patiently bear [undeserved] suffering, this finds favor with God.
Christ Is Our Example
21 For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. 22 He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. 23 While being reviled and insulted, He did not revile or insult in return; while suffering, He made no threats [of vengeance], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges fairly.”
(1 Peter 2:18-23, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The Greek philosopher Plato put it similarly:
“…throughout all his life he [any man] must diligently observe reverence of speech towards his parents above all things … wherefore the son must yield to his parents when they are wroth, and, when they give rein to their wrath either by word or deed, he must pardon them, seeing that it is most natural for a father to be especially wroth when he deems that he is wronged by his own son.”
 Plato, Laws, Book IV, 717, D, English translation by R. G. Bury, Litt.D. (Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 1961) page 299.
In His sermon on the Mount, Yeshua took this principle a step further:
“bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
(Luke 6:28, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
The Apostle Paul reiterated the same:
“Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them].”
(Romans 12:14, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
If our personal enemies are to be treated in this fashion; how much more so our own parents? The promise given to Abram in Genesis Chapter 12 regarding blessings and curses, in a sense, extends to our parents as well. Those who bless their parents are likely to be blessed, whereas those who curse their parents will be cursed:
“Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp [of life] will be extinguished in time of darkness.”
(Proverbs 20:20, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
“He who assaults [KJV: wasteth] his father and chases away his mother Is a son who brings shame and disgrace.”
(Proverbs 19:26, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
When not translated “wasteth” the Hebrew word “shadad” (Strong’s #H7703) is most often translated as “spoileth” in the King James Bible. The Jerusalem Bible translates “shadad” as “dispossesses,” the Holy Bible in Modern English by Ferrar Fenton renders “shadad” as “robs:”
“Who robs his father … is a son of shame and reproach.”
(Proverbs 19:26, Holy Bible in Modern English by Ferrar Fenton, emphasis added)
Some people rationalize robbing their parents, “It’s really not stealing; after all it’s only my parents!” or “Someday it’s going to all be mine anyway, so what’s the difference whether I get it now or later?” However, these excuses do not justify looting one’s parents. King Solomon describes such a person in the following terms:
“He who robs his father or his mother And says, “This is no sin,” Is [not only a thief but also] the companion of a man who destroys.”
(Proverbs 19:26, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Such a person may not outright destroy, plunder or totally liquidate their parent’s estate, they just do it on the installment plan, little by little, until their parents are destitute and at the mercy of the government.
The Pharisees and scribes of Yeshua’s day came up with what they thought was an ingenious way for getting around the Fifth Commandment:
“5 So the Pharisees and scribes asked Jesus, “Why do Your disciples not live their lives according to the tradition of the elders, but [instead] eat their bread with [ceremonially] unwashed hands?” 6 He [Yeshua] replied, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you [the Pharisees and scribes] hypocrites (play-actors, pretenders), as it is written [in Scripture],
‘These people honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
They worship Me in vain [their worship is meaningless and worthless, a pretense],
Teaching the precepts of men as doctrines [giving their traditions equal weight with the Scriptures].’
8 You disregard and neglect the commandment of God, and cling [faithfully] to the tradition of men.”
9 He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside and nullifying the commandment of God in order to keep your [man-made] tradition and regulations. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother [with respect and gratitude]’; and, ‘He who speaks evil of his father or mother must be put to death’; 11 but you [Pharisees and scribes] say, ‘If a man tells his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you is Corban, (that is to say, already a gift to God),” ‘12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother [since helping them would violate his vow of Corban]; 13 so you nullify the [authority of the] word of God [acting as if it did not apply] because of your tradition which you have handed down [through the elders]. And you do many things such as that.” ”
(Mark 7:5-13, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
The Pharisees and scribes justified their actions or lack thereof, toward their parents by attempting to use their “greater responsibility to Yahweh” as their rationale for withholding from their parents that which would help them. In other words, they plundered their parents under the pretense of giving to Yahweh. The Pharisees withheld what rightfully belonged to someone else, in this case, their parents and they used it for their tithe to Yahweh. They thought they were getting around Proverbs 28:24, when in fact this verse of Scripture was made for them. It is also made for any modern Pharisee who might come up with some likewise “ingenious” scheme for robbing his parents or shirking his God-given responsibilities regarding his parents under the Fifth Commandment.
“Whoever strikes his father or his mother must be put to death.”
(Exodus 21:15, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
Physical assault upon parents is becoming more prevalent in today’s godless society as a consequence of rejecting the laws of Yahweh. Such parental abuse is a capital crime according to Yahweh’s moral standards. Thus, a child who is able to understand the consequence of his or her actions and who deliberately strikes their parent should be put to death.
Fear, listen, obey, despise not, curse not, rob not and strike not are Fifth Commandment statutes that must be complied with in order for parents to be properly honored. In turn, anyone who transgresses these statutes should not expect Yahweh to bless them with prosperity and a long life here on earth.
Old Age Parental Care
In the Corban incident in Mark Chapter 7, Yeshua reckoned the Pharisees as being responsible for the care of their aging parents. Yeshua used the Pharisees’ disobedience to illustrate the primacy of Yahweh’s Laws over the traditions of men. Therefore, we should expect to find a provision for old age parental care in the Law:
“You shall rise before the gray-headed [or white-haired] and honor the aged [of the old man or woman], and you shall fear your God [with profound reverence]; I am the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text].”
(Leviticus 19:32, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
In other words, the elderly, with the exception of the wicked, should be honored no matter who they are. Consider also the following admonition:
“Now if your fellow countryman becomes poor and his hand falters with you [that is, he has trouble repaying you for something], then you are to help and sustain him, [with courtesy and consideration] like [you would] a stranger or a temporary resident [without property], so that he may live among you.”
(Leviticus 25:35, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
In modern terminology this is known as hospice care. If the honor and hospice care described in the two previous passages is due to strangers, then certainly our parents are deserving of the same treatment.
Older and sometimes feeble parents left to fend for themselves or who are “farmed out” to strangers are certainly not being honored by their children. In 1 Thessalonians 5:14 in the KJV, the Apostle Paul admonished the Thessalonian Christians to “comfort the feebleminded” and “support the weak.” Yet, regrettably, in today’s society hospitality is seldom shown to strangers and in many instances, it is not even offered to our parents.
King Solomon was more specific concerning elderly parents:
“Listen to your father, who sired you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.”
(Leviticus 25:35, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
It is a heartless child who would turn away his or her aging parents in their hour of greatest need. Think for a moment, when you get old, do you want to suffer the same way as you treated your parents? Whatever you pay forward will paid to you. So, if you honor your parents, you will be honored when you get old.
The First Line of Defense
The church, not the government as we know it today, should be the first line of defense for impoverished people. Actually, the church or ecclesia (called out ones) was meant to form and be its own government. This is especially evident in 1 Corinthians 6:1-5 where the Apostle Paul chastens the Corinthian Christians for looking to the pagan courts of law to settle their disputes. However, today because the church has neglected its responsibility to form and be its own Christian civil body politic, another ecclesia, a pagan civil body politic has stepped in to “fill” the vacancy. Nevertheless, Paul made it clear that the church is to be the first line of defense for qualified widows and, by principle, other elderly or destitute people. The first line of defense from who? Among others, from children who are not fulfilling their responsibilities to their own parents and other relatives:
“3 Honor and help those widows who are truly widowed [alone, and without support]. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren [who are adults], see to it that these first learn to show great respect to their own family [as their religious duty and natural obligation], and to compensate their parents or grandparents [for their upbringing]; for this is acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God. 5 Now a woman who is really a widow and has been left [entirely] alone [without adequate income] trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 Whereas she who lives for pleasure and self-indulgence is spiritually dead even while she still lives. 7 Keep instructing [the people to do] these things as well, so that they may be blameless and beyond reproach. 8 If anyone fails to provide for his own, and especially for those of his own family, he has denied the faith [by disregarding its precepts] and is worse than an unbeliever [who fulfills his obligation in these matters].
9 A widow is to be put on the list [to receive regular assistance] only if she is over sixty years of age, [having been] the wife of one man, 10 and has a reputation for good deeds; [she is eligible] if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the feet of the saints (God’s people), if she has assisted the distressed, and has devoted herself to doing good in every way. 11 But refuse [to enroll the] younger widows, for when they feel their natural desires in disregard of Christ, they wish to marry again, 12 and so they incur condemnation for having set aside their previous [Literally, first faith. In saying this, Paul indicates that young widows were being required to pledge a life of celibacy in service to God in order to be put on the list for assistance.] pledge. 13 Now at the same time, they also learn to be idle as they go from house to house; and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies [meddlers in things that do not concern them. Paul levels the same criticism against the people in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, 11.], talking about things they should not mention. 14 So I want younger widows to get married, have children, manage their households, and not give opponents of the faith any occasion for slander. 15 Some [widows] have already turned away [from the faith] to follow Satan. 16 If any believing woman has [dependent] widows [in her household], she [This repeats the admonition given to the men in verse 8.] must assist them [according to her ability]; and the church must not be burdened [with them], so that it may assist those who are truly widows [those who are all alone and are dependent].”
(1 Timothy 5:3-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Aristotle, another Greek philosopher, made nearly the same point:
“…our [older or feeble] parents have the first claim on us for maintenance, since we owe it to them as a debt, and to support the authors of our being stands before self-preservation in moral nobility.”
 Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, IX, ii, 8, English translation by H. Rackham, M.A. (Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 1962) page 527.
Plato put it in the following fashion:
“…to these [parents] duty enjoins that the debtor should pay back the first and greatest of debts, the most primary of all dues, and that he should acknowledge that all that he owns and has belongs to those who begot and reared him, so that he ought to give them service to the utmost of his power.”
 Plato, Laws, Book IV, 717, C, page 299.
Our parents can never be fully repaid for all they have given to us. Nevertheless, children should make some return for all that their parents have sacrificed on their behalf. The church should only be responsible for the elderly or destitute who do not have family members to care for them. Verse 8 of 1 Timothy Chapter 5 in the KJV Bible, it has the Apostle Paul declaring that “…if any [child, grandchild, nephew or other relative] provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel….” This statement, according to its context, is specifically used in relation to old age parental care. In other words, any Christian who fails to care for his or her parents in their parent’s hour of need is more a reprobate in Yahweh’s sight than are non-Christians.
The Right of Primogeniture
Grown children are responsible for the care of their elderly parents but who is primarily responsible for such parental care in a large family? The Apostle Paul answers this question in part:
“If any believing woman has [dependent] widows [in her household], she [This repeats the admonition given to the men in verse 8.] must assist them [according to her ability]; and the church must not be burdened [with them], so that it may assist those who are truly widows [those who are all alone and are dependent].”
(1 Timothy 5:16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
In order to insure that widows are properly cared for, Paul admonished all Christians to care for such needy family members. However, according to the Law of Yahweh the responsibility for such care and/or oversight falls primarily on the shoulders of the eldest son. This is known as the law of primogeniture:
“15 If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved [Literally, hated, the Hebrew word does not seem always to indicate a hostile attitude, but sometimes more of a sense of rejection.], and both the loved and the unloved have born him sons, and the firstborn son belongs to the unloved wife, 16 then on the day when he wills his possessions to his sons, he cannot treat the son of his loved wife as firstborn in place of the son of the unloved wife—the [actual] firstborn. 17 Instead he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved as the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he was the beginning of his strength (generative power); to him belongs the right of the firstborn.”
(Deuteronomy 21:15-17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The right of the firstborn son is a double portion or inheritance of that of the rest of the heirs. To some people, this will seem unfair. However, Yahweh is not unjust and with this double inheritance comes also a greater responsibility.
With some exceptions, the firstborn son was and should be the heir apparent or the patriarch-in-waiting. The care and well-being of his own family and his extended family, including his parents, should be primarily his responsibility. This does not necessarily mean that the eldest son is the one who always houses his elderly parents but he is principally responsible for making sure that such care is provided and paid for.
 The law of primogeniture and the responsibilities that accompany it should be given serious consideration before a young lady marries a firstborn son.
The right of primogeniture is a great privilege, albeit one with great responsibility. However, the right of primogeniture can be lost or forfeited as a consequence of moral failure. Reuben and Esau provide us with Biblical examples of this fact. Reuben lost his right of primogeniture to Joseph and Esau lost his firstborn privileges to Jacob. Joseph, subsequently, took the responsibilities of primogeniture seriously:
“Joseph provided and supplied his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to [the needs of] their children.”
(Genesis 47:12, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Yeshua, at His death, passed on the primary responsibility and care of His mother to the Apostle John rather than to His brother James:
“25 So the soldiers did these things.
But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister [Salome the mother of the apostles John and James, the sons of Zebedee.], Mary [The mother of James the Younger (also called James the Less). Believed to be a sister or sister-in-law of Jesus’ mother.] the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 So Jesus, seeing His mother, and the disciple [John, the Apostle and author of this Gospel was Jesus’ cousin.] whom He loved (esteemed) standing near, said to His mother, “[Dear] woman, look, [here is] your son!” 27 Then He [Yeshua] said to the disciple (John), “Look! [here is] your mother [protect and provide for her]!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own home.”
(John 19:25-27, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
At that time James and Yeshua’s other brothers were either non-believers or perhaps they did not have the financial means to adequately provide for Mary. Yeshua knew that Mary would be best taken care of under the care of His cousin John.
Yahweh’s Law also provides for the family when there are no sons:
“1 Then the [five] daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, from the tribes [Literally, families.] of Manasseh [who was] the son of Joseph, approached [with a request]. These are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the congregation at the doorway of the Tent of Meeting (tabernacle), saying, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among those who assembled together against the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] in the company of Korah, but he died for his own sin [as did all those who rebelled at Kadesh], and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be removed from his family because he had no son? Give to us a possession (land) among our father’s brothers.” 5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text].
6 Then the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] said to Moses, 7 “The request of the daughters of Zelophehad is justified. You shall certainly give them a possession as an inheritance among their father’s brothers, and you shall transfer their father’s inheritance to them. 8 Further, you shall say to the Israelites, If a man dies and has no son, you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.” ”
(Numbers 27:1-8, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The Law also provides for childless couples:
“9 If a man [of Israel] has no [son or] daughter, then you [Moses and/or the judges in Israel] shall give his inheritance to his [the man of Israel’s own] brothers. 10 If a man has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 If his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his nearest relative in his own family, and he shall take possession of it. It shall be a statute and ordinance to the Israelites, just as the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] has commanded Moses.”
(Numbers 27:9-11, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
When the inheritance is passed on, the responsibilities that come with it are, of course, likewise inherited. It was for this reason that Naomi’s nearest kinsmen relinquished to Boaz his right of redemption to Elimelech’s land in Ruth 4:1-10.
It is regrettable that, along with many other aspects of Yahweh’s Law, the fact and principle of primogeniture has been abandoned by the majority of today’s families. In place of the eldest son, often known as “big brother” by his siblings, the government, also known as “big brother,” has stepped in to fill the vacancy. Anytime we reject Yahweh’s institutions, there is always a counterfeit surrogate to fill the void with negative or tragic consequences.
Many churches and ministries are also contributing to parental desertion and they are involved in dispossessing children of their family inheritance. It has become a fairly common practice for certain ministries to appeal to their elderly supporters to assign the ministry as heir to part or all of their estate. The appeal by such ministries is something akin to the following, “It is a final and parting way to give to God while leaving this life and entering the next one! What better way to enter into the presence of God!”
On the surface, this line of reasoning sounds noble. However, so did the Pharisee’s Corban argument in Mark Chapter 7. The truth is such ministry tactics are nothing but another “ingenious” way to rob, if not the parents themselves, then those who are the rightful heirs. A person’s inheritance does not belong to a church or ministry but to that person’s family:
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for [the hands of] the righteous.”
(Numbers 27:9-11, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Often seen on the back of today’s touring motor homes is the ungodly bumper sticker that reads: “We’re spending our children’s inheritance!” This is essentially the same thing that ministries are doing when they prey upon the elderly for a slice of their estate. The only difference is that these ministries are spending someone else’s children’s inheritance!
In some instances, ministries that make a practice of this are robbing parents of in-home care. Consequently, without the inheritance, their children or other relatives are often financially incapable of caring for their own parents and they must relegate their parents to a nursing home.
In twentieth century America, a person’s heirs do not normally see the inheritance until after the death of their parents. This was not the case in Bible times, demonstrated in the story of the prodigal son in Luke Chapter 15 who squandered his inheritance on riotous living prior to his father’s death. Parents today should likewise pass on the inheritance to their children while they, the parents, are still living. This would lessen the financial burden upon the grown children and make it more likely for them to be able to provide for their parents in their later years. Today, instead of the children receiving the inheritance while the parents are still alive, in many instances, nursing homes and retirement centers are procuring the inheritance. This is, of course, one more way to rob someone else’s children of their inheritance and older parents of in-home family care. This is often accomplished by playing on the unselfishness of the parents and the selfishness of the children. Elderly parents are pitched, “You won’t have to be a burden to your children! Let the burden be ours!” The children are pitched, “You won’t have be burdened! Let us take the burden off your shoulders!” However, this is not motivated by kindness or concern for you and your family. Simply put, nursing homes and retirement centers are big business making big money at someone else’s expense.
America has become a society of irresponsible people in a multitude of ways and it has become another tradition of men in our present society to pawn off parental care to someone else. We have also become a throw-away society even when it comes to our own parents to whom we owe our very lives. In many instances, nursing homes are just this society’s human garbage bins for unwanted parents. Nevertheless, I would be remiss if I did not point out that today’s nursing homes may very well be part of Yahweh’s judgment upon the generation of parents who legalized infanticide, the murder of unborn babies, who are being dumped in literal garbage bins. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote of such backlash repercussions:
 The liberal, leftist opinion-makers often win the war of words before it even begins by preconditioning the public mind by semantic engineering. For example, Roe vs. Wade was won prior to reaching the judicial arena by identifying the battle as one of abortion rather than infanticide. The primary definition for abortion in the 1975 Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary is as follows: “abortion… 1: the expulsion of a nonviable fetus: as a spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation - compare miscarriage….” [“abortion,” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield, MS: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1975) page 3.] “miscarriage… 2: expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and esp. between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation.” [“miscarriage,” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, page 734.] Technically a miscarriage is an abortion. What judge or jury in their right mind would rule against a miscarriage? Had the battle been waged over infanticide or infant murder, rather than abortion Roe vs. Wade would likewise have been won before reaching the courtroom. No judge or jury would have ruled in favor of murder.
“Hear, O earth: behold, I [Yahweh] am bringing disaster on this people, The fruit of their schemes, Because they have not listened and paid attention to My words, And as for My law, they have rejected it also.”
(Jeremiah 6:19, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Fifth Commandment Judgment
If nothing else convinces a person of the Fifth Commandment’s gravity, then the severity of the judgment for the transgression of the Fifth Commandment should. Once again, consider how serious Yahweh considers violation of this commandment:
“Cursed is he [or she] who dishonors (treats with contempt) his [or her] father or his [or her] mother. And all the people [Israel] shall say, ‘Amen.’ “
(Deuteronomy 27:16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
What kind of curse might such a person suffer?
“Whoever curses his [or her] father or his [or her] mother, His [or her] lamp [of life] will be extinguished in time of darkness.”
(Proverbs 20:20, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
“The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young vultures will devour it.”
(Proverbs 30:17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
Although these two proverbs provide us with Yahweh’s posture toward this sin, they do not provide the judgment for Fifth Commandment transgression. These proverbs only assure us that the person who dishonors their parents will not get away with their crime even when the governing civil body politic is unwilling to enforce the judgment prescribed for this offense.
Moses prescribed the judgment for violation of the Fifth Commandment:
“18 If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son [or daughter] who will not obey the voice of his [or her] father or of his [or her] mother, and when they reprimand and discipline him [or her], he [or she] will not listen to them, 19 then his [or her] father and mother shall take hold of him [or her], and bring him [or her] out to the elders of his [or her] city at the gateway of his [or her] hometown. 20 They shall say to the elders of his [or her] city, ‘This son [or daughter] of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he [or she] will not obey us, he [or her] is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of his [or her] city shall stone him [or her] to death; so you shall remove the evil from among you, and all Israel will hear of it and be afraid.”
(Deuteronomy 21:18-21, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
This judgment does not mean that all rebellion by a child is to be punished by stoning. Moses stipulated under what conditions stoning is mandated:
“If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son [or daughter] who will not obey the voice of his [or her] father or of his [or her] mother, and when they reprimand and discipline him [or her], he [or she] will not listen to them,”
(Deuteronomy 21:18, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
This is a description of a child who, in spite of his or her parent’s consistent discipline, habitually breaks the Fifth Commandment and doubtless other commandments as well. It describes a discipline problem so serious that even their parents have given up hope of rehabilitating him or her and who thus turn him or her over themselves to the civil authorities to be put to death.
An Eye Opening Contrast
Contrast the parent of Deuteronomy Chapter 21 with the parents who are always bailing their rebellious and criminal children out of whatever situation they find themselves in. Such misplaced sympathy does as much good for such a child as it does for society; the child keeps sinning and society keeps suffering. This is actually filial hatred masquerading as filial love from a parent not disciplined enough them self to discern between their own confused emotions and what is best for their child.
In a healthy society, misguided pity can never be allowed to overrule justice. Such pity just encourages and even perpetuates criminal behavior. Note the concluding remarks of Moses’ instruction in Deuteronomy:
“Then all the men of his [or her] city shall stone him [or her] to death; so you shall remove the evil from among you, and all Israel will hear of it and be afraid.”
(Deuteronomy 21:21, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The primary purpose of capital punishment is its future mass effect in deterring others from criminal behavior. The immediate removal of the specific criminal from society is only its secondary purpose. Make it mandatory for every adult and child to attend a public stoning of an incorrigible child and society will not have anywhere near the number of rebellious sons and daughters as it does today and consequently less criminals overall.
Parents who refuse to discipline their wayward child are accessories to their child’s villainy and they should be responsible for any restitution due as a consequence of their child’s crimes. Such parents should count themselves fortunate that Yahweh’s Law forbids that a parent be put to death for their child’s sin:
“The fathers shall not be put to death for [the sins of] their children, nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers; [only] for his own sin shall anyone be put to death.”
(Deuteronomy 24:16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Nevertheless, the high priest, Eli, was judged for his lack of parental discipline that contributed to his sons’ inquity:
“11 The Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will ring. 12 On that day I will carry out against Eli everything that I have spoken concerning his house (family), from beginning to end. 13 Now I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the sinful behavior which he knew [was happening], because his sons were bringing a curse on themselves [dishonoring and blaspheming God] and he did not rebuke them.”
(1 Samuel 3:11-13, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Envision a society where parents like those described in Deuteronomy Chapter 21 are the rule rather than the exception. Nearly all criminal behavior would be nipped in the bud as a result of consistent, godly discipline administered before children reach adulthood or by the removal from society altogether of the children who refuse to properly respond to their parent’s chastening. A society made up of such parents would have very few incorrigible sons and daughters. Furthermore, if parents would incriminate their own flesh and blood, what do you think they would do with the rest of society’s criminals? The implementation of the Fifth Commandment with its judgment alone would come very close to transforming our so-called modern society into Yahweh’s Kingdom here on earth as it is already in heaven. When Yeshua returns, rest assured, we will be abiding by His Teachings and Instructions contained in the Torah.
Good Timber or Nuts?
The realization of the Fifth Commandment compliance is dependent upon parents rearing their children in the Lord, teaching them all of Yahweh’s commandments. In other words, in order to insure that your family tree produces good timber instead of nuts, it requires consistent vine dressing such as described by Moses:
“Only pay attention and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your grandchildren [impressing these things on their mind and penetrating their heart with these truths]—”
(Deuteronomy 4:9, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
“18 Therefore, you shall impress these words [the commandments, statutes and judgments of Yahweh] of mine on your heart and on your soul, and tie them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as bands [Or phylacteries. This is originally a Greek word meaning “safeguard.” In Jewish tradition these are also called tefillin, and are understood to be small leather boxes tied to the forearm and to the top of the head with leather straps. The boxes contain small parchment copies of the passage found here and three others.] on your forehead. 19 You shall teach them [diligently] to your children [Literally, sons, also verse 21. Impressing God’s precepts on their minds and penetrating their hearts with His truths], speaking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts [Hebrew mezuzoth, which—like tefillin (verse 8)—also have special significance in Jewish tradition. The (singular) mezuzah is a piece of parchment on which is written this passage (6:4-9) and 11:13-21. The parchment is encased to protect it, and is attached to the right doorpost. By Jewish law, all rooms where people live or sleep (excluding bathrooms) are required to have mezuzoth on the doorposts.] of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] swore to your fathers to give them, as long [Literally, the days of.] as the heavens are above the earth.”
(Deuteronomy 11:18-21, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
These and similar passages make it apparent that in order to have a lasting impact upon our children we must not only instruct our children but that, as parents, we must also first live what we teach. Yeshua commented upon this principle:
“A student is not superior to his teacher; but everyone, after he has been completely trained, will be like his teacher.”
(Luke 6:40, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
This principle also applies to a father and his son and a mother and her daughter. If we desire children who will honor us both when they are young and after they are grown, we must set the righteous example for them by starting their training early and consistently follow through and our children will be less likely to depart from it when they are grown - Proverbs 22:6.
Your Child’s Heart
“I took a piece of clay and idly molded it one day, And as my fingers pressed it still, it moved and yielded to my will. And I came again when days were past, the piece of clay was hard at last. And the shape I gave it still it bore, and I could change it never more.
I took a piece of living clay, and gently formed it day by day. And I molded it with power and art, A young child’s soft and yielding heart. I came again when years were gone; he was a man I looked upon. He’s still that early impressed bore, and I could change him never more.” (Author Unknown)
After quoting the Fifth Commandment, the Apostle Paul admonished the Christian fathers in Ephesus:
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
(Ephesians 6:4, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis comments added)
As difficult as the first half of this admonition is for many fathers, the second half is even more challenging. Every child not only deserves to be fed, housed, clothed and raised in a clean, healthy and safe environment and to be properly educated but he or she also deserves to be brought up in the Lord, that is, instructed in the knowledge of Yahweh and His commandments and statutes, educated in His principles and precepts and disciplined in His judgments. Parents, do you want to do something monumental with your life? Then accept the challenge of nurturing and admonishing your children in the Lord that they, in turn, might honor you throughout their lives.
I hope this study on the Fifth Commandment has been helpful. If everyone who has children would take the time to raise up their children according to Yahweh’s Instructions, there would be a lot less crimes. Yahweh loves all of His Creations. He has made man/woman in His image. We are His imagers. We, as parents, should be a model for our children just as He is our model for His children. Remember, Yahweh is interested in a one-on-one personal relationship with all of His children. We should do likewise with our children.
Continue to test all things and may Almighty YHWH bless all who study His Absolute Written Word.
I am One Crying In The Wilderness!
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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 was electrocuted in 1989.
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.
Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1973) Volume 1, page 192.
Julius Segal, “10 Myths About Child Development,” Baby Care Magazine, May, 1990, page 7.
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.
Jerry Adler, “Dr. Spock in Despair,” Newsweek (New York, NY: Newsweek, Inc., October 24, 1994) page 84.
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.
J. (John) Edgar Hoover. Source unknown.
Cliff Yudell, “I’m Afraid of My Own Child,” Readers Digest (Pleasantville, NY: The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., August,1983) page 78.
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.
The book of Jasher, although not considered part of the inspired canon of Scripture, is cited twice and endorsed in Joshua 10:13 and in 2 Samuel 1:18.
Plato, Laws, Book IV, 717, D, English translation by R. G. Bury, Litt.D. (Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 1961) page 299.
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, IX, ii, 8, English translation by H. Rackham, M.A. (Cambridge, MS: Harvard University Press, 1962) page 527.
Plato, Laws, Book IV, 717, C, page 299.
The law of primogeniture and the responsibilities that accompany it should be given serious consideration before a young lady marries a firstborn son.
The liberal, leftist opinion-makers often win the war of words before it even begins by preconditioning the public mind by semantic engineering. For example, Roe vs. Wade was won prior to reaching the judicial arena by identifying the battle as one of abortion rather than infanticide. The primary definition for abortion in the 1975 Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary is as follows: “abortion… 1: the expulsion of a nonviable fetus: as a spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation - compare miscarriage….” [“abortion,” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield, MS: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1975) page 3.] “miscarriage… 2: expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and esp. between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation.” [“miscarriage,” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, page 734.] Technically a miscarriage is an abortion. What judge or jury in their right mind would rule against a miscarriage? Had the battle been waged over infanticide or infant murder, rather than abortion Roe vs. Wade would likewise have been won before reaching the courtroom. No judge or jury would have ruled in favor of murder.
WHAT IS TRUTH?
November 12, 2020
Psalm 119:129-136 Third John
Is TRUTH something we say with our mouth?
Psalm 119:129 PE.
Early Hebrew Middle Hebrew
Late Hebrew Modern Hebrew
Ancient Name: Pey
Meanings: Open, Blow, Scatter, Edge
Sound: P (stop), Ph (f) (spirant)
Is a “blowhard” a speaker of TRUTH?