that thy days may be long upon the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Ex. 20:12.
NOTE.-While this precept refers directly to our earthly parents, it also includes God,
our Father in heaven; for in honoring them we honor Him. To the child too young to know
God, the earthly parent takes the place of God. Learning to honor, respect, and obey his
earthly parents is the child's first and most important lesson in learning to honor,
respect, and obey God, his Heavenly Parent. Benjamin Franklin well said: "Let a
child's first lesson be obedience, and the second may be what thou wilt."
4. For how long a time should one honor his parents?
"Harken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is
old." Prov. 23:22.
NOTE.-As long as parents live, they should be honored and respected by their children.
The duty enjoined in the fifth commandment does not cease at maturity, nor when the child
leaves the parental roof.
5. What is the character of a child who will not listen to his father's instruction?
"A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof
is prudent." Prov. 15:5.
6. What course on the part of children is well-pleasing to the Lord?
"Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well-pleasing unto
the Lord." Col. 3:20.
7. In what spirit should children obey their parents?
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right." Eph.
8. What is one way in which a child may dishonor his parents?
"He that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father." Prov.
9. What is said of one who robs his father or his mother?
"Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the
same is the companion of a destroyer." Verse 24.
10. How did Jesus honor His parents?
"He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them."
11. How did the Jewish leaders in the days of Christ, for the sake of gain, make
void the fifth commandment?
"But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift,
by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; and honor not his father or his mother, he
shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your
tradition." Matt. 15:5,6.
NOTE.-The word translated gift in this text means a thing dedicated to God, and
therefore not to be used for any other purpose. In this way the Jewish teachers, by their
traditional law, taught children that by saying that their property was thus dedicated to
the temple or to religious purposes, they were free from the obligation to honor and
support their parents, thus making void one of the commandments of God. This Christ
12. In what other way do some dishonor their father and mother?
"There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless
their mother." Prov. 30:11.
13. What will be the fate of the one who curseth his father or his mother?
"Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure
darkness." "The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his
mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat
it." Prov. 20:20; 30:17.
14. What will be the reward of those who honor their parents?
"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which
the Lord thy God giveth thee." Ex. 20:12.
NOTE.-The fullness of this promise will be realized in the life to come when the earth,
restored to its Edenic beauty, will become the eternal home of all those who have truly
honored their parents and kept all God's commandments.
15. What comment has the apostle Paul made upon this commandment?
"Honor 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." Eph. 6:2,3.
16. In what age of the world is disobedience to parents to be especially manifest?
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy." 2 Tim. 3:1,2.
NOTE.-Disobedience to parents is a marked characteristic of the present generation.
Never before was it so common or so wide-spread. The root of the evil, however, lies not
so much in the children as in the parents. Many of the latter are disobedient to God,
their Father in heaven, and so have failed to bring up their children in the fear of God
and in the ways of righteousness. Bible instruction, lessons of faith, and prayer must not
be neglected in the home if we would see obedient, God-fearing children growing up in the