A devotional thought from Rey De Armas from “Honor Your Parents”
Read: Leviticus 19:32
Every time I hear the mocking of Scripture it typically pertains to the laws found in the Book of Leviticus. People, particularly pop-culture icons, are quick to point out the laws that prohibited the Jews from wearing clothing made from different types of material, the laws that forbade them from eating certain kinds of foods, or the punishments that accompanied the violations of differing laws. However, this law in Leviticus 19:32 has never been brought up as a point of mockery.
Granted, a rule on clothing material sounds hilarious from our perspective. However, we must ask the question, “Why would God command the nation of Israel to honor the elderly and stand in their presence?” Perhaps it is because they are often forgotten today as well.
We are now living in an era where people are living much longer than they have in the past, meaning our parents and grandparents will be with us much longer. As we grow older, we may find ourselves disagreeing with their advice regarding the managing of our home, the stewardship of our finances, or our lifestyle choices. However, they are still worthy of our respect.
This passage is not found among the ceremonial laws. This is found in the civil laws that dictated how Israel would live in relationship with each other and make them stand out from the other nations. We have an opportunity under the new covenant to honor the elderly by loving them as we would ourselves, showing them the love of Christ through honoring them, and demonstrating to the world that the children of God are each different in some way.
In the New Testament, Peter emphasized our need to respect for the elderly as well. 1 Peter 5:5 says, “In the same way, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Pause and Reflect:
• Have differing opinions caused you to ignore the elderly? If so, how?
• How can you honor the elderly that God has placed in your life?