God’s Commandments to Mankind!
Campfire Bible Study
#V: HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER: THAT THY DAYS MAY BE LONG UPON THE LAND WHICH THE
LORD THY GOD GIVETH THEE!
God wants all people to respect and honour those He’s placed in authority!
Should we treat parents with respect no matter what the situation may be?
- Most parents made great sacrifices to bring up their children.
- No one is a perfect parent, and even though in some cases, fathers and mothers are dishonourable and have caused pain and grief, and may not deserve it, God expects us to honour them for His sake.
- God promises long life to those who honour their parents.
- However, it is clear that sometimes we must follow God instead of obeying parents:
Deut 22:6; Matt 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5: If a Parent dishonours their children!
Proverbs 23:22-26: King Solomon wrote that wisdom comes from obeying one’s parents.
Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20,21: Paul taught the value of the fifth commandment.
Luke 2:51,52: Jesus was obedient to His earthly parents. If children are obedient to parents, then they learn obedience at an early age, therefore it is easy to obey higher authority as an adult. (Interesting: Jesus was teaching for THREE days when they found him)
Genesis 9:20-27: Noah was irresponsible but it was Ham that received the curse. The other two sons were blessed. Again, long life! Noah: 950 years old when He died!
Matthew 15:4-8: Aging parents
Matthew 10:34-40: Do not put parents above Jesus;
John 19:26,27: Took care of his mother, even from the cross!
Matthew 12:46-50: Glorify His Father in heaven by identifying “Christians”
Respect as well as Honour:
Leviticus 19:3; Exodus 21:15-17: “Kabed”, a Hebrew word means to make honourable or to glorify. This verb has a wide range of connotations that far exceeds simple obedience. It is important to obey parents, but children must also show their parents respect. These verses warn children against cursing and abusing their parents.
God must be the priority:
Judges 14:1-4; Luke 13:15,16: God’s will is more important than the will of one’s parents. When parents command or model something that is against God’s will or clearly goes against loving God and neighbour, they can still be respected without being obeyed.
If children are not taught to respect and obey parents how can they adapt to respecting and obeying God as adults!
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