Relationships on this earth are very important. So much so that Jesus called His disciples "the salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13) and made saltiness on this earth a mark of discipleship. As we wait and long for Jesus' return and the new earth, we should not neglect our calling and duty to one-another on this earth.
The fifth commandment in the Decalogue (or the Ten Commandments) includes a promise. The Apostle Paul writing about the fifth commandment in Ephesians 6:2–3 (NLT) says "“Honour your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honour your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth”". That promise is a general principle rather than an individual absolute guarantee of long life. Those who seek wisdom (Proverbs 8:35) from our Heavenly Father, which includes respecting legitimate authority, plus honouring our parents, will tend to have a better and more fulfilling life. Jesus is wisdom personified. In receiving Christ, we find wisdom, life and favour.
The Hebrew word "kabed", which is used for honour, actually means “to be heavy.” So to honour our parents is to treat them with a ton of respect! The Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word, used in the New Testament, "timao", extends the thought to putting a high value on them. The call for Jesus followers is to find a way to honour our parents, even if they are not always honourable or that interested in their children. I admit this can be a difficult! We have to repeatedly ask the question, how do I honour my perfect Heavenly Father in my imperfect earthly family?
Our services this Sabbath/New Years Day are listed below, both at the Great Yarmouth Church and the Lowestoft Church. Zoom and Facebook will be live-streamed from the Great Yarmouth Church. Pastor Mark will be speaking at Great Yarmouth. John Sampson will be speaking at Lowestoft. Face coverings are once again compulsory in places of worship unless a person is exempt.
On behalf of Norma and myself, we wish you and your loved ones every blessing for this New Year.
"He will guide us here and receive us hereafter" (Psalm 73:24).