In this episode we consider the fifth commandment: “Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives you.” In Heidelberg Catechism 104 we interpret this commandment to require “that I show all honor, love and faithfulness to my father and mother, and to all in authority over me; submit myself with due obedience to all their good instruction and correction, and also bear patiently with their infirmities, since it is God’s will to govern us by their hand.” As with the other Commandments, in the fifth commandment there are two parts: duties and prohibitions. Our duty to authorities is to submit and honor or honor and submit. The prohibition is implied in the conditional promise,” that your days maybe long…” we are prohibited from dishonoring and disobeying those whom God has placed in authority over us. Who are they? There are two kinds of superiors, most basically, our parents but the list of authorities to whom we must submit does not end with our parents. In this two-part episode we discuss feminism, theonomy, and the movement of redemptive history from the old (Mosaic) covenant to the new covenant.
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The series on the moral law begins with episode 77.
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