Ephesians 6:2-3; Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Guess what I got in the mail yesterday? My very own E.W. Bullinger Companion Bible. I am so excited! It is like a medical text-book for the Bible! It revealed some things about this verse. First; Ephesians 6:2-3 is one of the 10 commandments that was first listed in Exodus 20:12.
Picture this; the Hebrews were breaking out of Egypt and on a new adventure with God. Things were changing for them. Children no long served a master of the house or field. They no longer got whipped just for looking sideways at someone. Their bondage was gone! But the Hebrew children still needed to honor their parents, right? So Moses came trotting down the mountain with stone tablets written in God’s hand-writing saying, kids listen to your parents and give them the honor you gave your masters in Egypt. But the rewards will be far better than they were with the Egyptians. I (God) promise it will be well with you and you will live long on this earth. Now that’s the kind of reward no living human could give, don’t you think.
Romans 15:4; For whatsoever things were written aforetime (in the Old Testament) were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Administrations have changed, we now live in this amazing Age of Grace and not under the “law” the way those Hebrews were. Our law is agape.
Matthew 22:37-40; Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Back to Ephesians 6:2. There is a figure of speech called a “Gnome; (pronounced gnow-mee the g is silent,) or Quotation hence the term gnome is given to the citation of brief, sententious, profitable sayings expressive of a universal maxim or sentiment which appertains to human affairs, cited as well-known, or as being of general acceptance, but without quoting the author’s name. Proverbs 1:2 calls them “words of understanding.” from EW Bullinger’s Figures of Speech used in the Bible.
This means these statements in the Old Testament apply to this age. When and where they are mentioned throughout the books of Acts-Jude, they relate to you and I. In the 7 church epistles (Romans-Thessalonians) these “words of understanding,” are written directly to us.
There are only two Gnome’s in all of Ephesians. Eph. 6:2 is one of them. Three verses ago, about the husband and wife (Eph. 5:31) was the only other. Cool huh!
Here’s the point; getting married and having a family is an honored age-old tradition. Some things just don’t need tweaking. Of course, there are some changes. In verse 5:32; God’s love metamorphosed marriage in the comparison Paul made to Christ and the church, and tomorrow we get to see how God’s love metamorphoses children’s lives. I am sorry if this was a little dry today but the next post will make a lot more sense now that you have this foundation. I love all of it but then…I’m an addict and just got “Word Wasted.” Yee-haw! Hey… at least I admit it! 🙂
Have a blessed day today knowing that the same tantrums you put up with from your kids, are as age-old as the Bible itself. Lol!
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