by Rev. Jeff Hemmer
Gift giving is such an intrinsic part of the Creator's nature that even in His Law He intends to give gifts, gifts that can only be received in the keeping of His commandments. This article is a continuation from previous newsletters.
The Fourth Commandment - Honor your father & your mother.
What gift does God intend to give through the Fourth Commandment? Parents
You have parents even if you dishonor, disrespect, or hate them. They gave you life & that life is not immediately revoked if you disobey your parents. But Moses & Paul promise this commandment has a particular blessing: "That it may go well with you & that you may live long" (Deut. 5:33; Eph. 6:3).
All earthly authority derives from the office of parent. When a police officer advises you to obey the law or be put in "time out," he does so deriving his authority from your parents. When teachers instruct their pupils, they do so not by authority of the office of teacher, but by the authority of the office of father. Parents relinquish a little bit of their authority to policemen & princes, teachers, & catechists to do what God has given them to do. So, to all these people, God commands obedience & honor, so that He may deliver them the gifts of good order & instruction. That's why life is "longer" wen you obey your parents. All of your parents.
From A-Z Stewardship Resources Collection (LCMS) -- to be continued next month with more gifts from the commandments.