In Ex 20:12, we read, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
In Lev 19:3, we read, “Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Yehovah your God”
We obey this commandment by honoring and respecting our parents. But what does it mean to honor and respect them?
We know our parents are not infallible or perfect, they will make mistakes, and some will even commit acts of deliberate sins. If we honor them and respect them, we will rebuke them with love and do whatever is necessary to show them how wrong they are. But we will never treat them with contempt, lie about them, steal from them, or see them as less valuable than ourselves. And if they need our help, we will help and care for them.
This is how we honor them and respect them.
In Gen 1:28, we read, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
This is perhaps one of the most overlooked commandments in the Torah.
Here we have Yehovah, our God, and He just officiated a wedding between Adam and Eve. Now He commands them to go and have sex and make babies. This still applies today; men and women are to join themselves in marriage and have children. (Matt 19:5, Eph 5:31.) This only applies to a marriage union between a man and a woman because only a man and a woman joined together in intercourse can conceive a child.
What about those who are infertile?
Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was infertile and unable to conceive. She wanted to have a child, but circumstances outside her control made it possible. In Jeremiah 17:10, Yehovah says He searches the hearts of man. So Yehovah knew Hannah wanted to obey Gen 1:28, but she was unable to due to circumstances outside her control. Because she prayed, Yehovah gave her Samuel.
Hannahs story shows us that if you are infertile, Yehovah knows you desire to obey Gen 1:28, but you are unable to do so due to circumstances outside your control. He will not hold you accountable to Gen 1:28 because of circumstances outside your control.
James 2 says if we stumble in one commandment and obey the rest, our obedience to the one commandment counts as disobedience. The devil knows this, and he knows if you choose not to obey Gen 1:28, the rest of your obedience to the Torah counts as nothing.
Abortion and homosexuality are willful disobedience of Gen 1:28.
This is why 1. Cor 6:9 says those who murder their children, and those who practice homosexuality, will hear “Depart from Me for I dont know who you are, you who are without Torah” (Matt 7:21-23.)
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