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5TH COMMANDMENT EXODUS 20:12 ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER’

June 22, 2010

EXODUS 20:12 ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER’

CF. TV COMMERCIALS WHERE DAD IS THE BUTT OF THE JOKE…OR WHERE KIDS ARE SHOWN TO BE SMARTER THAN THE PARENTS…

TOO OFTEN WE WORRY ABOUT SOCIETAL ILLS AS A THING IN AND OF ITSELF…YES, THEY ARE BAD, BUT IF CHURCH LIVED OUT GOSPEL AND CONVICTIONS WORLD WOULD HAVE LIGHT!…CF HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA, ARTIF. INSEMIN. W/ LESBIAN COUPLES, PRODUCING FATHERLESS GENERATION

1)      HOW DOES THIS COMMANDMENT REVEAL THE CHARACTER OF GOD?

  1. GOD IS A GOD OF ORDER AND AUTHORITY
  2. GOD USES AUTHORITY TO BLESS/PROTECT
  3. GOD LOVES FUNCTIONAL COMMUNITY, IT REPRESENTS HIS NATURE
  4. GOD IS HOLY AND LOVES HOLINESS – HONOR, REVERENCE, ‘WEIGHT’…CF. I’CHABOD ‘THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED’…CHABOD – GLORY, HONOR
  5. GOD IS A GOD OF MEANS – HE WORKS THRU PARENTS, ETC TO GET HIS WILL ACCOMPLISHED…DID HE NEED ANGELS? NO, BUT MADE THEM TO ACCOMP HIS WILL.
  6. GOD IS A GOD OF PROMISES – ‘THAT YOUR DAYS MAY BE LONG’

2)      WHAT ARE SOME BASICS ABOUT THIS VERSE?

  1. COMMANDMENTS SPEAKS TO THE NATURE OF THE FAMILY…IS IT SUPERNATURAL OR IS IT A PRODUCT OF EVOLUTION? IF EVOLUTION, THEN WE CAN OUTGROW IT OR CHANGE IT!! SEE CURRENT LAWS!!
  2. NOTE: WRITTEN TO CHILDREN

                                                               i.      ASSUMPTION: THEY CAN UNDERSTAND

                                                             ii.      GOD’S WORD IS UNDERSTANDABLE, THOUGH DOES HAVE VARYING DEGREES

  1. ‘I CAN’T UNDERSTAND IT’ – LOST?!
  2. DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS – SMOKE SCREEN?

                                                            iii.      GOD EXPECTS HIS WORD TAUGHT TO CHILDREN BY PARENTS!!

                                                           iv.      POSSIBLY WRITTEN FOR ADULTS WHO WERE NOW FACING ISSUE OF TAKING CARE OF AGING PARENTS.. LEV19:32 ‘REVERE THE OLD AGED AND HONOR GOD’…..WAS COMMANDMENT GIVEN TO GROWN UP GENERATION SO THEY COULD TAKE CARE OF THEIR ‘RETIRING’ PARENTS??

  1.  HONOR – DISTINCTION BETWEEN HONOR AND OBEY

                                                               i.      HONOR – GLORY, HONOR, TO MAKE HEAVY – CHABOD ‘GLORY, HONOR’

  1. CAN’T SAY WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR IF WE DON’T HONOR OUR PARENTS

                                                             ii.      COMMANDMENT DOES NOT KNOW ‘AGE LIMITS’…

                                                            iii.      ALWAYS HONOR EVEN IF HAVE TO DISOBEY

  1. ACTUALLY HONOR THEM IN GOD JUSTIFIED DISOBEDIENCE BECAUSE WE SHOW THEM THE GLORY OF GOD IS THE GREATEST GOOD TO LIVE FOR!!

                                                           iv.      AUTHORITY IS A GOOD, GOD GIVEN DESIGN FOR THE BENEFIT FOR OTHERS

  1. WHEN IT IS ABUSED, IT LEADS TO RUIN
  2. WHEN IT IS USURPED FROM ITS GODLY PLACE, IT LEADS TO RUIN.

                                                             v.      HONOR PARENTS BY BEING HONEST, OBEYING IN THE HARD THINGS, W/ THANKSGIVING, GRATITUDE

  1. WHO ARE FATHER AND MOTHER?

                                                               i.      FIRST, NATURAL PARENTS

                                                             ii.      GRANDPARENTS

                                                            iii.      OLDER ADULTS – ‘CONSIDER OLDER MEN AS FATHERS, AND OLDER WOMEN AS MOTHERS’ – 1 TIM.

                                                           iv.      PASTORS/ELDERS  – 1 Corinthians 4:15 For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. (1Co 4:15 NAU

  1. THOMAS WATSON SAID, “WE HONOR THEM BY BECOMING ADVOCATES FOR THEM, GIVE THEM RESPECT, AND CONFORM TO THEIR DOCTRINE.”
  2. BY IMPLICATION, HOW DO YOU TREAT/LISTEN TO YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER?

                                                             v.      MATURE CHRISTIANS –  1 John 2:13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1Jo 2:13 NAU)

3)      HOW IS GOD TRYING TO BLESS MANKIND IN THIS COMMANDMENT? IN OTHER WORDS, HOW WILL IT ‘BE WELL’ WITH YOU AS EPH 6:3 SAYS?

  1. FAMILY IS BASIC SOCIAL UNIT OF ANY SOCIETY; AS FAMILY GOES THE SOCIETY GOES
  2. FAMILY IS BASIC SPIRITUAL UNIT – HOME IS FIRST/PRIMARY CHURCH!!..WORD OF WARNING TO PARENTS THINKING THEY CAN ‘OUTSOURCE’ THEIR TRAINING AND ACQUISTITION OF BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE…ELABORATE ABOUT PARENTS NEED TO BE ‘DILIGENT THEOLOGIANS’!!! NOTE AGAIN WHY WE ARE BUILDING LIBRARY!!!

                                                               i.      ILLUST: LUTZER: OBEY THAT IT MAY BE ‘WELL’ WITH YOU…THOSE WITH MARRIAGE PROBLEMS OFTEN IT IS FOUND OUT GOT MARRIED W/OUT PARENTAL APPROVAL…

  1. GOD IS PREPARING CHILDREN TO SERVE HIM VIA HOME TRAINING…

                                                               i.      CHILDREN OWE THEIR PARENTS HUGE GRATITUDE FOR ALL THE LABOR, MONEY, CARE THEY HAVE PROVIDED FOR THEM…PARENTS WHO ALLOW THEIR CHILDRENT TO BE UNGRATEFUL WILL SOON SEE THEIR KIDS UNGRATEFUL TO ALL THE GRACE/GIFTS OF GOD ALSO!!! BUT WHAT DO THEY SEE IN PARENTS? COMPLAINING OR GRATITUDE??

                                                             ii.      Luke 6:40 “A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. (Luk 6:40 NAU) CALVIN “WE LEARN TO BE SUBJECT TO GOD BY LEARNING TO BE SUBJECT TO OUR PARENTS, AND PARENTAL DISCIPLINE TEACHES US HOW TO BE DISCIPLINED BY THE HEAVENLY FATHER.”

  1. God works thru means…many times children have committed to serving because the parents are!!!
  2. What do you model to them about your relationship with the Lord?
  3. To one another as husband/wife?
  4. Towards the in-laws?
  5. BIG REASON KIDS LEAVE CHURCH AFTER COLLEGE…WHAT PARENTS HAVE IS NOT REAL OR VALUEABLE!!
  6. CHILDREN ARE BORN FOOLISH BIBLE SAYS AND THEY NEED INSTRUCTION…THEY ARE THE WORSE FOR NOT HAVING BIBLE CENTERED PARENTING!!!!  KIDS WILL LACK MATURITY AKA SOCIETY ‘THE TWIXTER GENERATION’ ETC…
  7. PARENTS WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF BY FAMILY IN OLD AGE RATHER THAN THE GOV’T…1 Timothy 5:4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. (1Ti 5:4 NAU)

                                                               i.      PARENT’S ROLE IN BIBLE USED TO BE TRANSGENERATIONAL…BUT CAN’T HAVE THAT IF WE GET RID OF OUR OLDER PARENTS INTO NURSING HOMES, ETC….LOOK AT THE WISDOM THAT IS LOST FOR THE 2ND AND 3RD GENERATION….

4)      HOW DOES IT REVEAL SIN?

  1. DISHONORING OF PARENTS IS A HALLMARK OF A GODLESS, DEPRAVED, REPROBATE MIND!!!   WE LIKE TO THINK OF BAD SINS LIKE HOMOSEXUALITY, MURDER, ETC BUT LISTEN TO Romans 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, (Rom 1:28 NAU)… Romans 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, (Rom 1:30 NAU)
  2. MATTH 15 : CORBAN…MONEY IS DEDICATED TO ‘GOD’ SO COULDN’T TAKE CARE OF PARENTS…LORD HAD HARSH WORDS FOR THEM.
  3. 2 Timothy 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. (2Ti 3:1 NAU) 2 Timothy 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, (2Ti 3:2 NAU) 2 Timothy 3:5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. (2Ti 3:5 NAU)
  4. AUGUSTINE “IF ANYONE FAILS TO HONOR HIS PARENTS, IS THERE ANYONE HE WILL SPARE?” …YOU SHOW ME A KID THAT DISRESEPCTS MOM AND DAD, AND ILL SHOW YOU A TERROR FOR SOCIETY IN THE FUTURE!!!

5)      WHY SHOULD WE HONOR PARENTS?

  1. IT IS A COMMAND OF GOD
  2. IT PLEASES GOD
  3. CHRIST, WHO IS ABSOLUTE IN AUTHORITY AND WORTHINESS SEES NO ISSUE IN SUBMISSION AND HONORING THOSE OVER HIM

                                                               i.      ETERNAL SUBMISSION AND HONORING OF FATHER

                                                             ii.      DURING EARTHLY MINISTRY

  1. HONORED PARENTS AT 12 BY RETURNING WITH THEM
  2. FULFILLED LAW OF GOD FOR US WHO BREAK IT.
  3. WARNINGS FOR FAILING TO HEED THIS COMMAND

                                                               i.      Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it. (Pro 30:17 NAU)

                                                             ii.      ‘YOU WILL NOT LIVE LONG IN THE EARTH’- IF IT’S 1ST COMM. W/ PROMISE, BY IMPLICATION ALSO 1ST COMM. W/ WARNING!!

  1. THOSE WHO DISOBEY PARENTS USUALLY LIVE IN FOOLISHNESS AND DIE EARLY
  2. THIS ULTIMATELY ABOUT THE PROMISE OF THE RENEWED HEAVENS AND EARTH
  3. HOW CAN SOMEONE NOT OBEY GOD’S AUTHORITY OVER THEM VIA THE PARENTS, AND YET SAY THEY WANT TO SUBMIT TO CHRIST’S LORDSHIP FOR SALVATION?!?!
    1. BE WARNED THAT THOSE WHO PRACTICE SUCH THINGS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
    2. GONNA HAVE LARGE POPULATION WHO DIES ALONE OR IS ‘EASED OUT’ OF LIFE BY THE GOV’T HEALTHCARE…CAUSE NO ONE IS THERE TO SAY NO! A SOCIETY THAT ABORTS ITS BABIES FOR FINANCIAL REASONS WILL SOON EUTHANIZE ITS OLDER GENERATION FOR ‘CONVENIENCE’…AND WITH THIS WE DESTROY THE WISDOM THAT IS BUILT UP THRU THE YEARS TO GUARD US FROM ERROR…
    3. OT DEALT SWIFTLY WITH DISHONORING/CURSING PARENTS…THE FAMILY, NOT FRIENDS, ARE THE FIRST ALLEGIANCE AND SHOULD BE INSTILLED IN KIDS. GOD STILL HAS THE SAME ANGER TOWARDS THOSE WHO DISHONOR THEIR PARENTS! PENALTY IS STILL DEATH IN GOD’S EYES!!! ‘FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH.”

6)      WHERE IS THE GOSPEL IN THIS COMMANDMENT?

  1. HAVING PARENTS REMINDS US THAT WE ARE DERIVED, DEPENDENT CREATURES..IT IS NOT US THAT MADE OURSELVES…WE HAVE MINI CREATORS THAT POINT US TO OUR ETERNAL CREATOR…WE HAVE MINI PROVIDERS TO POINT US TO THE ULTIMATE PROVIDER!!
  2. HE OBEYED HIS HEAVENLY FATHER WHERE 1ST ADAM ALONG WITH YOU AND I HAVE FAILED…IT SHOWS WHAT IT MEANS TO HONOR THE FATHER IN ALL THINGS…IF WE HAVE FAILED TO HONOR OUR EARTHLY PARENTS FULLY,  EVEN MORE SO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER…

                                                               i.      John 17:4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. (Joh 17:4 ESV)

                                                             ii.      Philippians 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phi 2:8 NAU)

                                                            iii.      Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (Eph 6:1 NAU)   HOW YOU HONOR/OBEY PARENTS SHOWS HOW YOU HONOR/OBEY CHRIST!!

  1. LIVE LONG IN THE LAND…CHANGED TO EARTH IN NT…WHY? GOSPEL OF KINGDOM!! ‘DWELL W/ GOD IN HIS LAND W/ HIS PEOPLE THRU HIS SAVIOR.”
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