HONOUR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER

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HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER

In the past, when you earn your first paycheck, you take it home, to your parents. Some call it #BlackTax…. Today, in the Christian Community, we have received another teaching, which is: When you earn your first paycheck, you should take it to Church… When you have a salary “raise”, you should take it to Church, and so forth. You must continue to vow every money to “God”.

Giving financial and material substances to our parents doesn’t seem to have anything to do with obeying the commandment to honour your father and your mother… But wait, it does!!

It is true that we need money to run the affairs of the Church, yes. And many of our Churches depend heavily and in fact some Churches depend exclusively on the members to provide the money. Somehow, that practice or tradition has replaced the emphasis on supporting our Parents with our financial and material substances.

Honouring the Parents, in our minds, have been limited to mean just courtesy and respect. Even “Parental Guidance” has been taken from the Parents – and a lot of people will rather do what the Pastor says than listen to their Parents.
However in the Bible, there are evidences to prove that Jesus seems to a completely different viewpoint. He took the matter up with the Religious Leaders of the time. And these are the Words of Jesus in Matthew 15:4-5 (NLT)

“For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’…
But YOU SAY it is all right for people to say to their parents,
‘SORRY, I CAN’T HELP YOU.
FOR I HAVE VOWED TO GIVE TO GOD WHAT I WOULD HAVE GIVEN TO YOU'”

And just that, they are relieved of their obligations to their Parents!!

Jesus wasn’t happy with the situation at that time, and He is not happy about it today as well.

Jesus and His Mum

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I call it “Jesus and His Mum” because mentioning “Mary” could change the whole idea into two supernatural beings…. The people in the picture are not Jesus and Mary; but a representation of a Mother and Son having an ordinary every day relationship and conversation

In the Bible, Jesus and His Mum had their own share of Mother-Son relationship.

The first time, Boy Jesus got lost in the crowd in the City and his Mother panicked. It was later seen that this boy did it intentionally!! #Naughty
Then He went home and grew up into a fine gentleman; He was obedient, did His chores, and even took after His Father’s trade. A Carpenter!
Then we saw Him at the Wedding at Cana in Galilee, His Mum was trying to brag about His abilities – “My Son is gifted, ask Him, whatever He tells you to do is the Solution”, she bragged.

Jesus responded: “What is My Business with you, WOMAN?”.

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. John 2:4 (NIV)

For so many year, I believed that Jesus was kind of rude to his Mum, until the day my Son called me “Woman”, and it was the cutest thing. I thought about Jesus’ words and I understood the bond he shared with His Mum. And yes, He turned water into wine. And yes, everybody was wowed!

Then we saw Jesus having a strained relationship with His Mum and siblings when He refused to acknowledge them as Mother or Brothers and refused to go back home, because His ministry came first….

And we saw Mother’s Love for supporting His Ministry, after all, Blood is Thicker than Water…

Then we saw them both one final time at the Cross. He was about to die an unnatural and brutal death, He made provision for His traumatized Mother to be well cared for even after His demise by His most-trusted Friend – John, right there on the Cross.

Jesus Christ said it, and lived it:
WHATEVER YOU CAN GIVE TO SUPPORT YOUR PARENTS, DO NOT VOW IT TO GOD. DO NOT SAY YOU HAVE FORWARDED IT TO CHURCH. GIVE IT TO THEM, THEY DESERVE IT.

Supporting your parents and providing for your parents is a vital part of honouring your father and your mother. Listening to them and making them proud is part of honouring your father and your mother. Even when you cannot be there to care for them physically, making an arrangement for them to be well cared for in your absence is also part of honouring your father and your mother.

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