Daily Archives: June 17, 2018

June 17: Learning from Enemies

Ezra 3:1–4:24; 1 John 3:11–18; Psalm 106:16–29

If a new venture is really worth pursuing, it will probably be opposed. Some people will refuse to get on board, and others will intentionally get in the way. While these people may be trying protect their own interests, it’s more likely that they don’t like change—even if it’s for the better.

God’s work among His people is not that different from innovation; after all, He is the Author of all good ideas since all ideas come from His creation. And just like new ventures, God’s work is often rejected. The difference between new ventures and God’s work, though, is that all people who oppose God’s work are opposing Him, their Creator; they’re choosing to put their own interests before His interests, which are only for good.

Jeshua and Zerubbabel faced this type of opposition in the book of Ezra. After they had restored worship in Jerusalem, they began to organize the effort to lay the foundation of the temple—the place where God’s people were meant to worship. Then, the unexpected happened: Enemies arrived and began to cause trouble (Ezra 3:1–4:5). We often view such people as hateful, but in reality they were acting in their own interests. These enemies likely didn’t realize the land they claimed as their own had been stolen from God’s people in the first place; they probably thought they were protecting what was rightfully theirs (compare Ezra 4:6–16; see 2 Kgs 24–25).

This is often the case in our lives as well: We think we’re doing what’s legally or morally right, but we may actually be opposing God’s work. Sometimes trying to act rightly can lead us to do the wrong thing. Rather than insisting on what seems or feels right, we must pause to pray about it. We must ask God what He is really doing. And if God is working through someone else, we need to step out of the way. He is innovating—are we willing to innovate with Him?

In what ways is God innovating around you? How does He want to use you in this process? In what areas should you step aside to let His work happen?

John D. Barry[1]

[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Same Democrats Excoriating Trump’s Immigration Policy Had Nothing To Say About Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Family Detention Centers — Now The End Begins

The House will use “its full arsenal of constitutional weapons” to ensure Justice Department compliance to outstanding subpoenas for documents related to the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server, Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday.

via The Same Democrats Excoriating Trump’s Immigration Policy Had Nothing To Say About Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Family Detention Centers — Now The End Begins

June 17 The Impartiality of God

“My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism” (James 2:1).


Because God is impartial, we as Christians must be impartial too.

People are prone to treat others differently based upon external criteria such as looks, possessions, or social status, but God is utterly impartial. He never shows favoritism and always judges righteously.

Favoritism can be defined as a preferential attitude and treatment of a person or group over another having equal claims and rights. It is unjustified partiality. James 2:1–13 confronts this as sin and admonishes us to avoid it at all costs.

God’s impartiality is seen throughout Scripture. For example, Moses said to the people of Israel, “The Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:17–19). Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, warned his judges to rule without partiality because God Himself has “no part in unrighteousness, or partiality” (2 Chron. 19:7).

God’s impartiality is also seen in His gracious offer of salvation to people of every race. In Acts 10:34–35 Peter says, “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him.”

God is also impartial in judgment. Romans 2:9–11 says that God will bring “tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil … but glory and honor and peace to every man who does good. … For there is no partiality with God.”

Our text is a timely admonition because prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry are ever-present evils in our society—both inside and outside the church. I pray that God will use these studies to guard you from favoritism’s subtle influences and to strengthen your commitment to godly living.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to reveal any partiality you might be harboring. As He does, confess it and turn from it.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 6:5–9 and 1 Timothy 5:17–21. How does God’s impartiality apply to how you should respond to your co-workers and your church leaders?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 181). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Sunday Talks: Representative John Ratcliffe Discusses IG Report – Preparations Underway For Potomac Two-Step Monday… — The Last Refuge

Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow at 2pm. Thus begins the Potomac Two-Step; a generally well known DC approach to protect the interests of the swamp. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley might ask some pointed questions; however, other than re-election ‘talking point’ campaign questioning […]

via Sunday Talks: Representative John Ratcliffe Discusses IG Report – Preparations Underway For Potomac Two-Step Monday… — The Last Refuge

Sunday Talks: Chairman Trey Gowdy Discusses IG Report and Friday Night Meeting With FBI and DOJ Leadership… — The Last Refuge

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy discusses the recently released Inspector General report on FBI and DOJ conduct in the run-up to the 2016 election and the exoneration of Hillary Clinton. Additionally, Chairman Gowdy discusses the meeting held last friday night with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. […]

via Sunday Talks: Chairman Trey Gowdy Discusses IG Report and Friday Night Meeting With FBI and DOJ Leadership… — The Last Refuge

Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Devin Nunes on IG Report and FBI/DOJ Misconduct…. — The Last Refuge

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the particulars of the IG report and the upcoming week. Bartiromo is one of the few pundits who has actually absorbed the entire landscape of the back-story, read the actual reports and invested her time into the details. As such […]

via Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Devin Nunes on IG Report and FBI/DOJ Misconduct…. — The Last Refuge


He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

John 11:25

This may sound strange—but it is a fact that death is not the worst thing that can happen to a believing Christian!

I can recall the first time I heard that statement, in a quiet conversation with Harry M. Shuman, for many years the president of the international Christian and Missionary Alliance.

He was a soft-spoken yet forceful man of God, rich in the wisdom of God’s Word. We were talking of the serious issues of life and death. When he had something especially important to say, Dr. Shuman had an unusual way of lowering his voice and tilting his head just a bit. I can see him yet as he looked out from under his shaggy brows straight into my eyes.

“Remember, Tozer,” he said, “death is not the worst thing that can happen to a person!”

For the Christian, death is a journey to the eternal world. It is a victory, a rest, a delight. I am sure my small amount of physical suffering has been mild compared to Paul’s, but I feel as Paul did: “Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better” (Philippians 1:23).

Thank You, Lord, for offering the gift of eternal life through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Since I have eternal life now, why should I fear death, which for the believer is merely a journey to a much better place![1]

[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

‘Christianophobia’ poses threat, European Parliament told

People who object to Islamic supremacism have been labeled “Islamophobes,” described by the Oxford Dictionary as having a prejudice against Islam or Muslims, particularly as a political force.

But the real concern, the European Parliament has been told, is “Christianophobia,” a term that has been ignored by many online dictionaries, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

One site, Got Questions, describes it as a “fear of Christians.”

It is the Barnabas Fund, which supports persecuted Christians worldwide, that met with EU officials.

The “historic meeting” happened just days ago and was hosted by Nathan Bill, MEP.

Barnabas warned that “religious freedom is one generation away from being lost in Europe.”

“It’s easy to sit back and ignore the damage because like erosion, it’s not always immediately visible on the surface,” Barnabas Chief Executive Hendrik Storm told the lawmakers.

“But look a little closer and you can begin to see the cracks. You can’t pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, academic freedom or freedom of religion. You must defend all of them.

“Those freedoms are only one generation away from being lost.”
— Read on www.wnd.com/2018/06/christianophobia-poses-threat-european-parliament-told/

Gowdy: We Will Use All ‘Constitutional Weapons’ For Clinton Email Docs

The House will use “its full arsenal of constitutional weapons” to ensure Justice Department compliance to outstanding subpoenas for documents related to the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server, Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday.
— Read on www.newsmax.com/t/

Thank You, President Trump, For Not Signing the G7 Communique – The Trumpet Online

The globalists and their paid media shills are still ranting and fuming over President Trump’s refusal to play along with Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, and the other G7 leaders at the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, this past weekend. They are especially agitated over his refusal to sign on to the Charlevoix G7 Summit Communique at the close of the gathering. The statements issued at the conclusions of G7 summits are not legally binding, but they are important as “consensus” roadmaps that the G7 heads of state can brandish to prod their legislative bodies into adopting the agreed-upon multilateral agenda. Like the United Nations and other multilateral organizations, the G7 (Group of 7 — the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Italy) is wont to issue flowery, noble-sounding statements freighted with traps and hidden meanings.
— Read on the-trumpet-online.com/thank-president-trump-not-signing-g7-communique/

More Than 1,000 Europeans Murdered, Maimed in Attacks by Islamist Asylum Seekers Since 2014

More than 1,000 people have been murdered or injured on European soil since 2014, in attacks carried out by Islamist asylum seekers and refugees, research has revealed.

Source: More Than 1,000 Europeans Murdered, Maimed in Attacks by Islamist Asylum Seekers Since 2014

John 17 Movement: Satanically Inspired “Global Religion” With Pope Francis at the Helm

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

A Facebook friend messaged me last night and asked me what I knew about the John 17 Movement.  She said that a relative had posted on her FB page that she was excited because she had found a new church.

This was her post:

“Hey Friends! You won’t want to miss church this Sunday, here’s why:
—-> Pastor Don will be sharing about his recent trip with John 17 (a global movement to unite the Body of Christ) to the Vatican and Sofia, Bulgaria.”

Needless to say, this distressed my friend and she came to me to find out what I knew about this.  I have written quite a few articles on how some Unity is very evil. This John 17 movement is the embodiment of Satanic “Unity.”

Watch Pope Francis as he speaks to members of his movement – globally:

We must not forget that Satan comes as…

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LIST of the Many Criminal Acts of Dirty-Cop Peter Strzok: Obama’s Top FBI Investigator and Mueller’s Former Lead Investigator — The Gateway Pundit

Peter Strzok will go down in history as the most corrupt and criminal dirty cops in US history.  The Strzok name will be synonymous with sleazy, self-absorbed, grandiose, sinister, corrupt and criminal bad cops.   He’s become the most disgusting individual in the Deep State and shockingly he still has a job at the corrupt FBI.

The US Justice Department is a mess and perhaps no one, besides Barack Obama, has been involved in more corruption in our country’s history than Peter Strzok. 

Strzok worked in the FBI as an inspector and rocketed to the top of the department in a relatively short period of time.  Some reports believe that Strzok’s family’s ties with Obama and his family’s history overseas and with uranium may be the reason for Stzok’s meteoric rise at the FBI.

Reports are that Strzok first hit the spotlight in August and September of 2015 when he requested all Hillary Clinton email copies under control of the DOE, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NSA, and National counterterrorism center, Director of National Intelligence, DOJ, NSA, and US Treasury.

Strzok’s apparently had an affair in 2015 and 2016 with his mistress, top FBI Attorney Lisa Page.  Text messages between the two were very damning and show a culture of corruption and criminality.  They were first reportedly uncovered by the DOJ IG who communicated his findings to Special Counsel Mueller who was the Head of the corrupt Trump – Russia scam at the time.  Somehow Mueller felt the need to have the most corrupt, conflicted and criminal individuals he could find when creating his team and Strzok and Page were in that list.

What we now know from the Strzok and Page texts are that the FBI implanted numerous spies in the Trump campaign as early as 2015.   We also know that former President Obama was in on the entire corrupt scandal based on the text between the two conflicted individuals “Potus [Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing” and another text that said that the Obama White House is running this.

Through the Strzok and Page texts, we now know that they not only hated candidate and now President Trump and his millions of followers, but they also wanted to prevent him from being President and then wanted to do all they could to have him removed from office.  They texted each other – “We’ll stop Trump from becoming President”.

Through the IG’s reports we know that Peter Strzok did all he could to prevent any charges of Hillary Clinton during her email investigation that ended in 2016 as he was the lead investigator.  He was fine with her server being scrubbed, her phones being beat to bits by hammers and her arguments on the emails in her position that were classified and illegally held outside of government protection.

Strzok was involved in doctoring the report on Hillary’s exoneration presented by now fired corrupt FBI Director James Comey which was changed to state that Hillary broke no crimes.  The report was written months before the case was closed and Hillary and her team were interviewed.

The description of Clinton’s handling of classified information was changed from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless;”

Strzok reportedly interviewed Hillary and did not put her under oath and praised Hillary while he was leading her investigation.

When the Hillary investigation was reopened in late October 2016 due to some of her emails being found in a pervert’s computer in New York, Peter Strzok was assigned again to the case.  He worked and somehow performed miracles on “1,355,980 electronic files (pg 389), containing 350,000 emails and 344,000 Blackberry communications [that] were reviewed between October 30th and the morning of November 6th, 2016.”

The Conservative Treehouse notes that –

  • There were only three people in the Mid-Year-Event team granted authority to physically do the Clinton email review.
  • They were: FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI Attorney-1 Tashina “Tash” Gauhar, and an unnamed lead analyst.
  • FBI Agent Peter Strzok says they were able to cull the number of emails through the use of “some amazing things to rapidly de-duplicate” the emails.
  • The New York FBI case agent assigned to the Weiner investigation, a certified Digital Extraction Technician, as well as the FBI forensics team in Quantico say it was impossible to use the conflicted metadata to “de-duplicate” the emails.
  • Someone is lying.

After that escapade Strzok began working for the totally corrupt Mueller team.  But before that he was one of two FBI agents to interview General Mike Flynn who was reportedly set up.  There is now evidence that Flynn did not lie to the FBI even though this was communicated to President Trump who fired Flynn and to corrupt Mueller who indicted him for lying to the FBI.

Strzok is so corrupt his wife even has a storied past. She works for the SEC and was promoted in October 2016 shortly after the completion of the Hillary email scandal and at the same time her husband was building the Russia – Trump farce on behalf of Deep State.  Her Facebook account was full of Obama endorsements but reportedly they were recently were scrubbed free.

Strzok and Page were removed from the Mueller team with the explanation being that they had biased text messages.  They weren’t just biased, they were attempting to overthrow our government through letting Hillary off with no charges for mishandling classified information and then damaging President Trump through numerous activities to prevent him from being President and then from performing his duties as President.

Page resigned from the FBI but Strzok is still there!

Let’s hope and pray the US never has an individual as corrupt and criminal Peter Strzok in any capacity in our government and that he and his accomplices are brought to justice soon.  God bless the USA.

via LIST of the Many Criminal Acts of Dirty-Cop Peter Strzok: Obama’s Top FBI Investigator and Mueller’s Former Lead Investigator — The Gateway Pundit

June 17, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. 23 She conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” 24 And she called his name Joseph, saying, “May the LORD add to me another son!”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ge 30:22–24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

30:23my reproach: In Rachel’s culture a married woman without children was scorned.[1]

30:22–24. Finally Rachel gave birth to Joseph (yôsēp̱) but not by the mandrakes. This shows that births are given by God, not manipulated by people. Joseph’s name, like Zebulun’s, had a double meaning. She said, God has taken away (’āsap̱) my disgrace; and she prayed that He would add (yōsēp̱) another son. Finally Rachel was jubilant, looking in faith for a second child from God.

This passage (29:31–30:24) is a combination of small narratives, accenting the puns on Jacob’s sons’ names. Each name was interpreted by Leah or Rachel to reflect concrete family conditions at the price of the pious substance which they had as testimonies to God as the Giver of Life.

Certainly the passage shows how God prospered Jacob and started to make from him a great nation. All Israelites could thus look back and see their ancestry in Jacob and in the conflict of the women. As brothers the sons of Jacob, who became “Israel,” were not to become envious like their mothers.

To Israel these narratives were more than interesting little stories. The rivalry that appears here explains much of the tribal rivalry that followed. But Genesis is clear: God chose the despised mother, Leah, and exalted her to be the first mother. The kingly tribe of Judah and the priestly tribe of Levi trace back to her, in spite of Jacob’s love for Rachel and her son Joseph.[2]

30:22–24God remembered Rachel (v. 22). After many years of waiting, Rachel eventually bears

Jacob a son. (On God’s “remembering,” see note on 8:1.) The repetition of “God” in 30:22 emphasizes that he is the One who has enabled Rachel to conceive and give birth. This is reinforced when Rachel acknowledges that God has taken away my reproach (v. 23). Since throughout Genesis fertility is often associated with divine blessing, a woman’s inability to bear children could be interpreted as reflecting divine disapproval. Given the resentment that existed between the sisters, Leah may well have taunted Rachel over her inability to bear children. As with all the other sons born to Jacob, Joseph’s name is derived from a remark made by his mother; in Hebrew Joseph (v. 24) sounds like the verb “add to.” For the sad answer to her prayer, see 35:16–20.[3]

30:22–24 For the third time in Genesis God is said to have remembered someone (cp. 8:1; 19:21), an event that always indicates the onset of a beneficial act by God. In this case he gave Rachel her firstborn sonJoseph, whose name (Hb yoseph) is actually a verb that expressed Rachel’s prayerful hopes—“May he [the Lord] add” another son. The Lord would give Rachel her desire, but with bitter results (35:16–19).[4]

[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 55). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] Ross, A. P. (1985). Genesis. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 77). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 102). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Bergen, R. D. (2017). Genesis. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 54). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

June 17 Wrong Judgment: An Erroneous View of Others

For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.—Matt. 7:2

Most people feel free to judge other people harshly because they erroneously think they are somehow superior. The Pharisees considered themselves exempt from judgment because they believed they perfectly measured up to the divine standards. The problem was that these weren’t divine standards—they were mere human standards they had established far short of God’s holy and perfect law.

When we assume the role of final, omniscient judge, we imply that we are qualified to judge—that we know and understand all the facts, all the circumstances, and all the motives involved. Therefore, when we assert our right to judge, we will be judged by the same standard of knowledge and wisdom we claim is ours. If we set ourselves up as judge over others, we cannot plead ignorance of the law in reference to ourselves when God judges us. We are especially guilty if we do not practice what we ourselves teach and preach.

Other people are not under us, and to think so is to have the wrong view of them. To be gossipy, critical, and judgmental is to live under the false illusion that those whom we so judge are somehow inferior to us.

This kind of judgment is a boomerang that will come back on the one who judges. Self-righteous judgment becomes its own gallows, just as the gallows Haman erected to execute the innocent Mordecai was used instead to hang Haman (Esther 7:10).


One of the more notable qualities of our sinful human nature is that the sins we seem quickest to judge in others are the ones we struggle the hardest with ourselves. Why do you think this is the case? What brings about this touchy sensitivity and indignance?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 177). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

1 PETER 2:19

There are areas in our Christian lives where in our effort to be right we may go wrong—so wrong as to lead to spiritual deformity.

To be specific, let me name a few:

When in our determination to be bold we become brazen! Courage and meekness are compatible qualities. Both were found in perfect proportion in Christ, even in conflict with His enemies.

When in our desire to be frank we become rude! Candor without rudeness was always found in the man Christ Jesus. The Christian who boasts that he calls a spade a spade is likely to end by calling everything a spade.

When in our effort to be watchful we become suspicious! Because there are many adversaries the temptation is to see enemies where none exist, or to develop a spirit of hostility to everyone who disagrees with us.

When we seek to be serious and become somber! Gloominess is a defect of character and should never be equated with godliness. Joy is a great therapeutic for the mind.

When we mean to be conscientious and become overscrupulous! If the devil cannot succeed in destroying the conscience he will settle for making it sick. I know Christians who live in a state of constant distress, fearing that they may displease God. They believe this self-torture to be a proof of godliness, but how wrong they are![1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

June 17 Our Gracious Spirit

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:30

The Holy Spirit grieves (is saddened) when believers don’t exchange their old lifestyle for the new one. He is grieved when believers lie and obscure the truth, when they’re angry and unforgiving, when they steal and refuse to share, and when they speak corruptly and lack a spirit of graciousness.

When you were saved, the Spirit of God put a seal on you, declaring that you belong to God forever. Since He has been gracious enough to give you eternal salvation, seal you forever, and keep your salvation secure until the day of redemption, how could you willfully grieve Him? He has done so much for you that, as a token of gratitude, you should not grieve Him.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 186). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Brannon Howse: June 15, 2018 | Worldview Weekend

Topic: Ignore the Christian talk show hosts that are just now talking about Cultural Marxism these many years too late because it is a trending term in social media. You know these guys are just trying to seem relevant when they are too cowardly to name the names of those within evangelicalism promoting cultural Marxism as well as those promoting the useful idiots of cultural Marxism because they actually run in the same circles. Topic: Verse by verse Bible teaching does not replace proper Biblical worldview teaching or study. Sadly many pastors that are committed to verse by verse Bible teaching spend virtually no time in worldview study and thus their churches are actually take part with the Gospel Coalition and promoting their cultural Marxist authors and speakers. Topic: Dr. Jimmy DeYoung joins us to discuss these topics. Israeli Defense Force leaders hold a surprise nationwide call-up of all Israeli reservists, called up to the Northern border of Israel. Topic: Trump-Kim could help Israel in fight against Iran becoming a nuclear power. Topic: Syrian President Basher Assad says he wants Iran troops to stay permanently in Syria. Topic: The Israeli government evacuates a Jewish settlement which could lead to an Israeli civil war. Topic: We take your calls
— Read on www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-june-15-2018

June 17, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

12 The fifth commandment, to “honor” one’s parents, involves: (1) prizing them highly (cf. Pr 4:8; i.e., wisdom, when sought above everything else and prized more highly than all else, will bring honor to its seekers); (2) caring and showing affection for them (Ps 91:15; i.e., God’s honoring of individuals is shown by his care for them in being with them and delivering them from trouble); and (3) showing respect and fear, or revering them (Lev 19:3). When Ephesians 6:1 says, “Obey your parents,” it immediately and necessarily qualifies it with, “in the Lord.” Parents are to be shown honor (v. 2), but nowhere is their word to rival or be a substitute for God’s Word.

Proverbs likewise urges deep regard for one’s parents (see Pr 10:1; 15:20; 17:6, 21, 25; 19:26; 20:20; 23:22; 28:24; 30:11, 17). There are also examples of special care for parents and other members of the family in the OT (Ge 45:10–11; 47:12; 50:21; Jos 2:13, 18; 6:23; 1 Sa 22:3; Houtman, 3:52).

The promise in Ephesians 6:2–3 attached to this commandment to revere one’s parents is unique, even though there is a sense in which the promise of life stands over all the commandments (Dt 4:1; 8:1; 16:20; 30:15–16). The promise of a long life in the land refers primarily to the land of Canaan and the people of Israel. The national character of this language can be confirmed by referring to Deuteronomy 4:26, 33, 40; 32:46–47. The captivity of Israel is caused, in part, by a failure to honor their parents (Eze 22:7, 15). This commandment possesses what we might call a ceremonial or a national promise, but it does have present-day individual application in the same way that all the commandments are meant to give a new quality of life (without creating a merit system to gain eternal life).[1]

20:12 / The fifth commandment is, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (see also Deut. 5:16). The integrity of the newly formed community required that the adults honor parents who were no longer an economic asset in the family. While later applications (by adults) have focused this command on preadult children, the original context was a covenant with the adult children in the community (Deut. 27:20). Young children learned (or not) to honor their parents through the honor (lit., “weight”) they saw adults give to their elders. This commandment mentions both mother and father (mother first in Lev. 19:3), in contrast to the Akkadian Code of Hammurabi (1750 b.c.) that only expressed concern for the father. The attached promise of long life in the land demonstrates the central value God placed on extended families for the health of the community.

Specific laws offer details describing what it meant to radically dishonor one’s mother and father. Children should not attack or curse their parents (21:15, 17; Lev. 20:9; Deut. 21:18–21; 27:16). The commandment, however, is positive, instructing that honor (or “weight,” kabed) is due parents simply because they are one’s mother and father. This is not a question of subordination, but of giving serious weight to parents’ concerns and needs. Leviticus 19:3 adds that children should give “respect” (yareʾ). There is no mention of “earning” the respect. The elder was also liable before God for keeping the six hundred and thirteen laws. The new sociality was based on the command of God, not on social contracts. This commandment does not address the abuse of parental authority. We see this, rather, in the commands against killing (physical abuse), adultery (sexual abuse), and false witness (verbal abuse).

The advice of Proverbs 4:1–27 demonstrates the positive role of the father with a preadult child, guiding the child to a life of wisdom (see also Prov. 10:1; 13:1; 15:5; 19:18). The nt specifically links good parenting and the command to honor parents when it quotes the fifth commandment (Eph. 6:1–4; Col. 3:20–21).[2]

20:12 Honor father and mother. To honor here means to obey. The verse teaches that a life of obedience to parents is the type of life which, in general, insures length of days. A life of disobedience and sin often leads to premature death. This is the first commandment with a promise attached (Eph. 6:2). It teaches respect for authority.[3]

20:12 Fifth commandment. The concept of honouring is usually associated with God or his representatives, prophets and kings. In all likelihood parents were envisaged as representing God to their children; the family unit being a miniature of the nation. The seriousness of this commandment is reflected in the fact that the death penalty was required for children who wilfully disrespected their parents (Ex. 21:15, 17). If parents, as authority figures within the home, are respected by children, then respect for authority figures within society at large will also follow.[4]

20:12 Before the discovery of ancient treaty patterns and their relation to the Ten Commandments, many people assumed that the two tablets of the Law (Ex. 34:1) were divided on the basis of laws relating to God and those relating to other people. In this approach, the fifth command, in this verse, would begin the second tablet. Following our understanding of ancient treaties, however, it is probable that each of the tablets contained all ten commandments. In the ancient world, one copy of a treaty would be placed in the principal temple of each contracting party. Here both copies were kept together before God and the people in the Most Holy Place. Honor your father and your mother: The term honor means “to treat with significance.” It is the opposite of in vain (v. 7). Care of one’s elderly parents was a basic element of social responsibility and godly piety in Israel. Here it is tied directly to how a person would fare in the land. People who were faithless to God in disregarding their parents would not last long in the new Promised Land.[5]

20:12. Commandments 5–10, the second portion of the Law (vv. 12–17), deal with one’s relationships to others. All the commandments include a negative except the fourth (the last in the first group) and the fifth (the first in the second group). The fifth commandment enjoins respect (honor) of parents. It implies obedience and submission to them (cf. Eph. 6:1–2). The promise of longevity that accompanies the command (live long) refers to duration as a nation in covenant relationship with God (in the land the Lord your God is giving you) rather than a lengthened lifespan for each obedient individual. Cursing one’s parents, tantamount to repudiating their authority, was a capital offense (Ex. 21:17; Lev. 20:9; Prov. 20:20).[6]†

20:12 — “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

With every divine commandment comes not merely a curse for disobedience, but a blessing for obedience. God does not give us commandments because He wants to control us; His commandments prepare us for His blessings.[7]

20:12 Honor your father and your mother. The key to societal stability is reverence and respect for parents and their authority. The appended promise primarily related the command to life in the Promised Land and reminded the Israelite of the program God had set up for him and his people. Within the borders of their territory, God expected them not to tolerate juvenile delinquency, which at heart is overt disrespect for parents and authority. Severe consequences, namely capital punishment, could apply (cf. Dt 21:18–21). One of the reasons for the Babylonian exile was a failure to honor parents (Eze 22:7, 15). The Apostle Paul individualized this national promise when he applied the truth to believers in his day (cf. Mt 15:4; Mk 7:10; Eph 6:1–3).[8]

20:12Honor your father and your mother. The word “honor” means to treat someone with the proper respect due to the person and their role. With regard to parents, this means (1) treating them with deference (cf. 21:15, 17); (2) providing for them and looking after them in their old age (for this sense of honor, see Prov. 3:9). Both Jesus and Paul underline the importance of this command (Mark 7:1–13; Eph. 6:1–3; 1 Tim. 5:4). This is the only one of the Ten Commandments with a specific promise attached to it: that your days may be long—meaning not just a long life, but one that is filled with God’s presence and favor. See note on Deut. 5:16.[9]

20:12Honor your father and your mother This acts as a hinge between the two categories of the laws (see note on Exod 20:1–21) since it has elements of both divine and interpersonal relationship. The dual focus demonstrates that faith to God was of central importance for the family. This is the only law with an entirely positive message and an offer of reward.

The Hebrew verb kabbed (“honor”) refers to reverence and respect. This verb is used with both parents and God as its object, reflecting the command’s dual emphasis (21:17; Deut 21:18–21; Lev 24:10–16; Num 15:30; 1 Kgs 21:10).

Yahweh your God is giving you Like the book of Proverbs and many other instances of proverbial language in the ot, this promise is not a prophecy. It is a proverb or aphorism—a saying whose general validity is demonstrated by life experience.[10]

[1] Kaiser, W. C., Jr. (2008). Exodus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 482). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Bruckner, J. K. (2012). Exodus. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 186–187). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 109). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Alexander, T. D. (1994). Exodus. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., pp. 107–108). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 123). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Hannah, J. D. (1985). Exodus. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 140). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ex 20:12). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[8] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ex 20:12). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[9] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 176). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[10] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ex 20:12). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.