HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER

     (Exodus 20:12), "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."

     The first four commandments deal with our relationship to God and the other six deals with our relationship with mankind.  The word honor in the Greek means to esteem and value as precious. To honor someone is to treat them with respect, reverence, and courtesy.

     In this fifth commandment God lays down a principle for life that will determine how every relationship around us will turn out. You see, the home is the foundational institution of society. No nation, or community of people, is stronger than the family structure that makes them up. As goes the home, so goes the nation, the community, and the church. Why is it important that children honor their father and mother? Firstly, the attitude of children toward parents reveal their attitude toward God. Secondly, the attitude of children toward their parents will be reflected toward their teachers and the laws of our nation. Thirdly, the attitude of children toward their parents will be the attitude displayed toward the person they marry. (girls toward husband; boys toward wives). And fourthly, the attitude of children toward their parents will be the attitude passed on to their children. Many peoples’ lives are in shambles today because they have forgotten all about the Fifth Commandment.

  • GOD COMMANDS CHILDREN TO OBEY THEIR PARENTS

   1. Fathers and mothers are the physical representation of God in the home. Fathers are a picture of God; mothers are a picture of the Holy Spirit.  A child’s first concept of God is what he sees in his parents. The parents are the lawgivers, the lovers, the protectors and those who care for him. God’s standard for children in the home is “to honor their parents – to esteem them valuable and precious, and to treat them with respect, reverence, and courtesy. (Exodus 20:12a), "Honour thy father and thy mother…" (Deuteronomy 5:16a), “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord God hath commanded thee…” (Ephesians 6:1a, 2a), “Children, obey your parents in the Lord…Honour thy father and mother.”

  • GOD COMMENDS CHILDREN WHO OBEY THEIR PARENTS

   (Ephesians 6:1), “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.” (Colossians 3:20), “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”

  • GOD CROWNS CHILDREN WHO OBEY THEIR PARENTS

   (Exodus 20:12), "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." God crowns children who obey their parents with a good quality of life.  (Ephesians 6:2a, 3a), “Honour thy father and mother…that it may be well with thee…” This passage is talking about having a good quality life.  Did you know that God is in charge of your blessings? God can allow it to be well with your life, or He can allow your life not to be well. Listen to the Lord’s Word in the Old Testament. (Exodus 21: 15), “ And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely be put to death.” (Exodus 21: 17), “ And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be out to death.”  (Proverbs 30:17),” The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.”  Does the language that God uses sound like He is serious about judging dishonoring and disobedient children? God will crown children who obey their parents with a good quality of life. But He will also crown them with a good quantity of life. (Exodus 20:12), "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." (Ephesians 6:1-3), “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother: which is the first commandment with promise.  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Did you know that God is in charge of how long you live on earth?  The Lord has promised a good quality of life and a good quantity of life to those who honor and obey their parents.  Our parents deserve all the love and respect that we can possible give to them.

                                                                                Pastor Allen Jackson

 


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