This lesson will include the questions, answers, and commentary for sixty-nine through seventy-ninth of this Discipleship. As per the Holy Bible, this eighth lesson answers questions concerning the Ten Commandments, emphasizing the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments.
Christian Discipleship Lesson Eight
QUESTION 69: WHAT IS THE 5TH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The fifth commandment is, “Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God gives thee.” Scripture: Exodus 20:12.
God grants every human life. That may be a short life, a long life, or even a life stolen from a person through abortion. Humans get this life as a gift from God to enjoy or destroy according to their own will. The 5th commandment commands children of all ages to honor their father and mother. The 5th commandment is the only commandment with a promise or reward – a longer life.
QUESTION 70: WHAT IS REQUIRED IN THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The fifth commandment requires that we honor our parents and perform the duties which belong to everyone in their various roles as authorities, subordinates, or equals. Scripture: Leviticus 19:32; 1 Peter 2:17; Romans 12:10; 13:1; Ephesians 5:21-22; 6:1, 5, 9; Colossians 3:19-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:7, 17.
We are to honor our parents and those placed in authority over us. As for the leaders appointed over us, we are to obey them as long as their commands don’t violate Biblical scripture.
QUESTION 71: WHAT IS FORBIDDEN IN THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The fifth commandment forbids neglecting parents or offending the honor and duty which belongs to everyone in their various places and relations. Scripture: Proverbs 30:17; Romans 13:7, 8.
We are forbidden to disrespect or neglect our parents, whether they were good parents or bad parents. The fact they brought you into this world and cared for your needs demands your respect and your attention to their needs.
QUESTION 72: WHAT IS THE REASON ADDED TO THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The reason added to the fifth commandment is a promise of long life and prosperity (as far as it shall serve God’s glory and their good) to all who keep this commandment. Scripture: Exodus 20:20; Ephesians 6:2, 3.
Our reward for obeying this commandment is a long life. But some lives are naturally shorter than others, so long life for one person could be 20 years, while for another, it could be 100 years. We must be satisfied with God’s perfect will.
QUESTION 73: WHAT IS THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The sixth commandment is, “Thou shalt not kill.” Scripture: Exodus 20:13.
In the original Hebrew, this phrase means you shall not murder. Murder implies forethought and hatred. In other words, you were so hate-filled that you purposely planned and executed the death of a fellow human being. We should never commit murder!
QUESTION 74: WHAT IS REQUIRED IN THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The sixth commandment requires all lawful efforts to preserve our own life and the life of others. Scripture: Ephesians 5:29, 30; Psalm 82:3, 4; Proverbs 24:11, 12; Acts 16:28.
Laws are usually put into place to preserve life, so they should be obeyed. Unfortunately, some recent laws have been put into place to harm people. For example, abortion laws were created to take life. God’s will, according to scripture, requires us to only comply with the laws that preserve life.
QUESTION 75: WHAT IS FORBIDDEN IN THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The sixth commandment forbids the taking of our own life or the life of our neighbor unjustly, including whatever acts that may contribute to this loss of life. Scripture: Genesis 4:10, 11; 9:6; Matthew 5:21-26.
Murder includes suicide. Suicide is an act of hatred and requires planning, so it is murder. Suicide is not a mortal sin, as the Catholics believe. If you are a true born-again believer, suicide will not automatically send you to hell. But suicide is still a sin against God and should never be committed. We must follow God’s will even in our darkest despair – always choose life.
QUESTION 76: WHAT IS THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The seventh commandment is, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Scripture: Exodus 20:14.
Adultery is a sin against God and your spouse. Marriage is a sacred covenant, and sexual relations must be between one husband and his wife. Polygamy, homosexuality, and sex with anyone outside the marriage union are unbiblical and a sin against God, yourself, and your spouse.
QUESTION 77: WHAT IS REQUIRED IN THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The seventh commandment requires that we preserve our own and our neighbor’s moral purity in heart, speech, and behavior. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2; 2 Timothy 2:22; Matthew 5:28; 1 Peter 3:2.
We must maintain our marriage covenant not only to preserve our own marriage but also to preserve the marriages and relationships of those with whom we associate. Romans 14:21.
QUESTION 78: WHAT IS FORBIDDEN IN THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The seventh commandment forbids all sinful thoughts, words, and actions. Scripture: Matthew 5:28-32; Job 31:1; Ephesians 5:3, 4; Romans 13:13; Colossians 4:6.
As part of our lifelong pursuit of sanctification, we are to train ourselves using scripture and the presence of the Holy Spirit to subdue our thoughts, words, and actions to God’s will. God forbids even extramarital thoughts.
QUESTION 79: WHAT IS THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT?
Answer: The eighth commandment is, “Thou shalt not steal.” Scripture: Exodus 20:15.
This commandment is very self-explanatory. We shall not take things that belong to others without their willing permission.
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