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.
God has an order- God works through His order.
If we disregard God’s order-bring damage to ourselves
How we respond to God’s chain of command (order) sets in motion how God will respond to us.
When Adam/Eve responded to God’s order by disobeying Him in the Garden of Eden,
it determined how God responded to them.
Some people have trouble w/God today because they have not responded properly to His order.
Deut 21:18-21 (eliminate juvenile delinquency?)
This makes- 5thC a very serious commandment- it has to do with the order/preservation of a nation.
Honor- give weight or importance to, respect, assign a high value to- do not treat lightly.
What if parents- not worthy of being treated w/honor?
Jesus had to learn to obey parents He was greater than
If Jesus had to learn to obey, and He is perfect, how much more should we learn to obey.
Pr 23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old. NASU
Young people, if you depend on your parents for provision- food, clothes, house, protection-
then you are obligated to respect/obey them.
When a child disobeys parents- he is saying to God …
God, I do not care who You put over me I am not going to respect You and I am going to show You how much I do not respect You by rebelling against those you put over me.
Unless your parents ask you to do disobey God, and you choose to rebel, that is a direct attack on God.
Sometimes parents- unfair- mind set should be obey.
You cannot get the benefits of what parents are providing and dishonor them while you are there.
Parents- love them enough to chastise them/put them out if they will not show respect/obey house rules.