The Fifth Commandment
“Honour thy father and thy mother”
Question: Is God asking us to honor Him, our divine Father-Mother, or our earthly parents?
Answer: Both! Read the story in the Bible found in Luke, chapter 2, which tells of the time Jesus travelled with his parents to Jerusalem as a child. His parents discovered he was missing, as they travelled home, and days later found him in the temple. Jesus said he was about his
“Father’s business,” referring to God. But, because he was only twelve years old, he returned
to his home with his parents, and “was subject unto them,” until he grew to adulthood. The story ends: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
Mary Baker Eddy explains that the understanding of his spiritual sonship (the Christ) helped the human Jesus:
“This spiritual idea, or Christ, entered into the minutiae of the life of the personal Jesus. It made him an honest man, a good carpenter, and a good man, before it could make him the glorified.” (Mis. 166)
She also writes: “To the child complaining of his parents we have said, ‘Love and honor thy parents, and yield obedience to them in all that is right; but you have the rights of conscience, as we all have, and must follow God in all your ways.’” (Mis. 236)
“Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of
self-government.” (S&H 236)
Further Study: Find out what that big word “insubordination” means. Think about what you can do to make sure this word will not be used to describe you!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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