Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you. (Exodus 20:12, AMP)
Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Deuteronomy 5:16, AMP)
On Sunday, May 13, 2017, we celebrate Mother’s Day. It is a day set aside to honor the mothers of the world and all that they do for their children. It is a day to give back to them. As Christians, we are commanded to honor, to respect our parents, always! We should do this everyday, however there is nothing wrong with showering mothers with extra attention on their special day! Twice in the Books of Law, Moses reminds the Israelites of the importance of honoring their parents! Obviously, this was an important action before the Lord!
The commandment to honor our parents was not forgotten outside of the Law. There are numerous references scattered throughout the Old and New Testament to showing respect towards one parents. What better example than Jesus Chirst’s own words?
For God commanded, Honor your father and your mother, and, He who curses or reviles or speaks evil of or abuses or treats improperly his father or mother, let him surely come to his end by death. But you say, If anyone tells his father or mother, What you would have gained from me [that is, the money and whatever I have that might be used for helping you] is already dedicated as a gift to God, then he is exempt and no longer under obligation to honor and help his father or his mother. So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect]. (Matthew 15:4-6, AMP)
In this passage, Jesus was calling out the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. The Pharisees held the Jews accountable for following the Law, which included honoring one’s parents. Children, specifically the first son, was to provide for his mother, should her husband die. It was part of obeying the law. Yet the Pharisees approved of men taking the money which would have been used to provide for their mothers and instead giving it to God, through the Temple, through the Pharisees. Which action is more honorable to the Lord? Jesus clearly tells us. He also shows us.
But by the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the [wife] of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. So Jesus, seeing His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, [Dear] woman, See, [here is] your son! Then He said to the disciple, See, [here is] your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own [keeping, own home]. (John 19:25-27, AMP)
Jesus was doing the Lord’s work; dying on the cross for our salvation. The pain He was in is something we cannot imagine. Yet, in the midst of His pain and suffering, He continued to honor His Father, by caring for His mother. Jesus was Mary’s first Son. It was His responsibility to care for her (many scholars believe that by this time Joseph had died, as he is not mentioned). Jesus knew that He would no longer be able to care for Mary on Earth, so he passed on the responsibility to a trusted disciple. What an example Jesus set!
Although the holiday of Mother’s Day may be recent, the idea behind it, honoring your mother, is far from new. This Mother’s Day take time out to honor and celebrate your mother and all that she has done for you. But do not let it end there! Continue to honor her everyday!