Day 150: The First Command With a Promise

Proverbs 30:11

Don’t curse your father or fail to bless your mother.


The first command that comes with a corresponding promise is the honorable relationship of children with fathers and mothers.

The King James Version translates today’s Proverb this way, “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.” It speaks specifically to a “generation” that curses their fathers and withholds blessing their mothers. We’re certainly living in a day that fulfills this Proverb – a generation that has disobeyed the first command with a promise, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)

What has caused this generation to turn in such dishonor toward their fathers and mothers? I believe it’s revealed in the warning from the prophet Malachi, “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5)

Because fathers have abandoned their rightful place of honor, their children have responded with their own rejection – their hearts have turned away. It’s a protocol of honor. Unless the disastrous epidemic of dishonor is corrected, the land will be struck with a curse. The responsibility to correct this problem primarily relies upon fathers.

If fathers turn back toward their children, the children will respond appropriately.


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Read Proverbs Chapter 30

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