November 30, 2022 – Wednesday
Honor – Feedback
Exodus 20:12 NIV
12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 5:16 NIV
16 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Yesterday’s Verse of the Day posted here and here had three almost immediate feedback comments I would like to share with you.
The first was from someone taking care of a widowed mother. Their reply simply said, Thank you, this is encouraging.
The second was from someone who related it to what Paul had to say about this commandment in the New Testament. Their comment was, Paul says [Ephesians 6:1-3] that this is the first commandment that comes with a promise. Implied is that those who fail to honor them, will NOT have a long happy life. Which reminds us of all the warnings and injunctions against disobedient sons and daughters in Proverbs. Under the strict Torah, a wayward rebellious son could be put to death. Concerning the “weight” of honor and reputation, remember the young king of Babylon, who desecrated the holy implements of the temple, and was undone by the vision of the Handwriting on the wall? Daniel deciphered it [Daniel chapter 5, specifically v27] as “You have been weighed and found wanting!” God was saying “you’re a lightweight….your number is up!” That very night his kingdom taken from him. Note the Hebrew word for weighted in Daniel is different from the Hebrew word used for honor in Honor your father and your motheralthough the word for honor does carry the idea of weighing as noted yesterday.
The third was from someone showing how to find the meaning of honor by going to Ephesians 6:2 and looking it up in Greek. There honor is Strong’s G5091 timao and its definition is, from G5093; to prize, i.e. fix a valuation upon; by implication, to revere:—honour, value. From this the reply went to G5093 timios (root of G5091) where we have the definition, valuable, i.e. (objectively) costly, or (subjectively) honored, esteemed, or (figuratively) beloved:—dear, honourable, (more, most) precious, had in reputation (BlueLetterBible.org). They stated this verse with these meanings is what they think of when reading the word honor. Going a bit further the root for G5093 is G5092 time defined as a value, i.e. money paid, or (concretely and collectively) valuables; by analogy, esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself:—honour, precious, price, some.
Bottom Line: Remains the same as yesterday, honoring our parents is esteeming them and listening to them with respect out of love is the key to honoring them per Matthew Henry..
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for appending a promise to this command encouraging us all the more to honor our fathers and mothers. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton