Summary: An exhortation to sons and daughters to honor their earthly fathers using the 5th commandment. this affects the rise and fall of nations.
Honor, Obey, and Live Long
Speak to sons/daughters about their fathers.
Since everyone had/has a father- birth father or adopted father- there is something for everyone.
Specifically talk to sons/daughters about 5th C.
Ex 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. NASU
This is not a kiddies Commandment. (Deut 5:16)
This Commandment affects the rise/fall of nations.
USA- suffering seriously from neglect of this C.
A day to commemorate and honor our fathers.
Not just our fathers- all men who have acted as a father figure in our lives- Stepfathers, Uncles,
Grandfathers, Big Brothers.
66M father’s in- US today, 102M Father’s Day cards.
Father’s are POWERFUL influencers, role models, teachers, parents, and leaders- for good or for bad.
When parents engage children- regularly/positively …
46% less likely to use drugs,
27% less likely to use alcohol,
52% less likely to skip school.
Such children feel more secure/higher self-esteem.
Father’s having meals w/children- positive impact.
The 5th Commandment
First four Cs deal with our relationship with God.
Remaining six deal w/our relationship with others.
If our relationship w/God is correct then our relationships w/others will be correct.
When our relationship w/first four C’s are out of line, our relationship with the last six will be out of line.
The 5th C- significant- it has a promise attached to it.
Perhaps- God’s way of reinforcing its importance.
In this C God establishes the importance of the family
Culture today- trying to redefine the family unit.
Society- producing-generation of confused kids/rebels
The saga of a nation is the saga of its families written large. Plato (~400BC)
In the 5thC we are told to honor parents so we can be preserved in the land- nation, society.
This commandment when honored- holds a nation together- it held the nation of Israel together.
Persia, first world empire, followed by the Greek empire, emphasized obedience and discipline.
Roman Empire arose to power largely due to the potestas- absolute and total rule of a father over
his son as long as they both were alive.
As these nations prospered, family order/discipline broke down, the nations declined and collapsed.
What a child learns at home-key to relationships later-
If a child learns it is okay for a husband to abuse his wife, he becomes a wife beater.
If a child learns it is okay to be lazy, then he becomes an unproductive person.
If a child does not learn responsibility and accountability w/parents then they are going
to be irresponsible/ unaccountable.
Satan hates the family- why he went after Adam/Eve.
He hates the family because the family …
determines the future of a child,
future of a child determines- future of a nation.
To destroy a child’s future, all Satan has to do is mess with his family today.
Parents- 18 years to escort children safely through life
i.e. like a police escort through traffic.
5th C instructs children to honor their parents- why?
Parents are part of God’s chain of command.