Summary: the 5th Commandment and what it means to honor someone and how we apply that command to our parents ad various stages of our life and theirs

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5 - Honor Your Parents

Exodus 20:12 - "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Understanding what Honor means

Honor is Personal

Honor means giving Preference

Honor relates to Position

Honor must be Practical

Honoring Your Parents at Every Stage of Life

Giving Honor when we are Young comes through being Obedient

Giving Honor when we are Mature comes through living Righteously

Giving Honor when they are Aged comes through giving Care



This morning we are continuing with our series, God’s Top Ten. We have covered the first 4 commandments about

1. Having no other ‘gods’

2. Making no idols

3. Not taking the Lord’s Name in Vain

4. Honoring the Sabbath

And what all of those mean in regards to New Testament Christians who are not under the Old Testament Law.

Those 4 commands all have to do with our relationship with God and How to worship Him.

Today, we move on to the commands that have to do with our relationship with other people.

Turn with me to Exodus 20:12


As we start the commandments that deal with how we relate to other people, we begin first with how we deal with one of our most important relationships, because how we deal with our close relationships will necessarily effect how we deal with others we are in relationships with.

So let’s read

Exodus 20:12

12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Now as we have said, today, we are not under the law, but under grace, but we do recognize that there are principles found in the 10 Commandments that are often repeated in the New Testament that should guide us in how we conduct ourselves in life according to our relationship with Jesus.

Understand what Honor Means


As we begin to look at this particular command, I think it is important that we understand what Honor means. We often use words so often that we fail to understand their meaning, so this morning, I want to look at what it means to honor someone and then how we might honor our parents at different stages of our and their life.

So, as we get started, I think it is important that we understand that

Honor is Personal


We see in the Bible that things are not honored, but only people.

It is something one person does to another person. We really cannot honor ourselves, although there are people that try, it never comes across that way.

In Hebrews 5:4, as the author is talking about the Honor of being called to serve as the High priest, he says that “No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.” (Hebrews 5:4)

Honor is only honor when given by one person to another.

There may be times, however when a thing or place appears to be honored, like Moses honoring the place where the burning bush was, by taking off his shoes because it is holy ground, but the reality is that this is really honoring God who makes the place holy.

So Honor is something that is personal.

It can only be given by a person or God and received by a person or God.

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