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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Utica Covered Bridge, near Lewistown, Maryland
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"Practicing The Fifth"
Message summary: Today let us affirm our resolve once again to faithfully practice the Fifth Commandment to honor our father and mother. For children this is expressed by obeying our parents. For adults it's expressed by living a life that will bring them honor while we also treat them with respect and dignity.
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"Honor your father and your mother" (Exodus 20:12).
When I challenge people regarding their obedience to the Fifth Commandment I will often ask, "Are you practicing the fifth?" This has led to some confusion (which I quickly clarify). One man, whom I know is a serious Bible student seemed a bit offended at the question responding, "I haven't done anything wrong that I need to practice the fifth" assuming I meant the 5th amendment often expressed as "pleading the fifth"! This is the amendment in our nation's Bill Of Rights that protects against self-incrimination.
Mother's Day, along with Father's Day, is set aside to practice the 5th Commandment, although we suppose few consider it that way in our increasingly Biblically illiterate age.
"Honor your father and mother" is the first Commandment dealing with human relationships; our responsibility to other people. It is foundational to the remaining commandments. If this commandment is obeyed the others will very likely fall into proper place. The human race is blessed, both in the short-term and long-term when this commandment is practiced. When the Apostle Paul quoted this portion in Ephesians 6 he follows with this promise, “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:3).
What a blessing to observe this commandment when it is obeyed. And yet it is increasingly violated or virtually ignored by many. And of course in just the last several years we have seen the abominable redefinition of marriage "a man shall cleave to his wife" and parenting, "a man shall leave his father and mother". The latest plunge into depraved nonsense is calling a mother "a birthing person". Showing the utter nonsense reaches the supposed academic elite, a Harvard Medical School department Twitter account referred to women as “birthing people” in a tweet, and claimed that "not all who give birth" are women.*
Sam Rohrer, the President of American Pastor's Network makes this observation:
"God, in His Word and His pattern for life and living, set the model for the family long ago when He established the pattern of a man leaving his family, choosing and cleaving to his wife and from that union to bring forth children, teaching them and raising them in the ways of God and His truth, and then inculcating God’s moral standards for human sexuality, life and death, marriage and its fulfillments and its duties into the minds and hearts of the children."
Honor describes the disposition out of which obedience is born. In other words, obedience is the duty, honor is the disposition. To honor one's parents means to show them respect and love, to care for them as long as they need, and to seek to honor them by the way one lives. We believe this expression of honor is not only for our childhood but all through our lives, including the years following their death.
The fifth commandment is so important that God attaches the inherent motivation of a promise, because this commandment is the key to all human relationships and the passing on of a righteous heritage. God designed the family and if this commandment is not "functioning", that design will be disturbed. Witness the dissolution of the family in America, one cause being the failure of children to obey this important command! (Precept Commentary)
Today let us resolve to faithfully practice the Fifth Commandment to honor our father and mother. For children this is expressed as we obey our parents. To adults this is expressed when we live a life that will bring our parents honor as we uphold respect toward the family name. An even harder commission for some is to bring honor to the family name which has been tarnished by an errant parent(s). "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold" (Proverbs 22:1).
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, Your perfect design for creating a family started with Adam and Eve. You gave them tremendous responsibility as parents to raise their children as responsible individuals who would in turn raise their children in the same way. And so your order continues to our own generation. At the heart of our family relations the fifth commandment indicates that we are to honor our father and mother which includes a promise that we'll live long full lives. When we honor our parents, Lord, we also honor You and show appreciation for Your marvelous workmanship in our lives. We acknowledge that You ordained the family of our origin and we give thanks to You for our mother and father, brothers and sisters. Make us a blessing to them as the Fruit of the Spirit continues to grow in our lives and is played out in our relations to them. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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* The webinar panelists used the term "birthing person" to include those who identify as non-binary or transgender because not all who give birth identify as "women" or "girls."
When our supposed most esteemed, elite educational institutions espouse this craziness we are in deep trouble!!!
Today we share some photos from our weekend
Normally we ride on rails to trails but in this case it was a tow path for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal used in the early 1800's. Much of the path was right along the Potomac River.
C&O Canal lock 31 lockhouse. The canal lock can be seen in the foreground. These structures were used as houses by those in charge of a canal or river lock. Some of these lockhouses can be reserved for lodging.
On the way back we got off the main highways (Rt 15) and saw several covered bridges. This is the Loys Station Covered Bridge near Thurmont MD. The original was destroyed by arson about 30 years ago and rebuilt in the 90's. It looks like they rebuilt it suitable for trucks!
We drove through the Gettysburg Battlefield and passed this horseback tour.
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