Summary: Honour thy father
Exodus 20 v. 12 "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." Note:-
1. THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOME Genesis 2 v. 18 "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." Note:-
(a) The Problem - lonliness
(b) The Provision - "I will make him" - Divine intervension, causing a divine institution
i.e. marriage and home
(c) The Principle - "an helpmeet" - So the home is established to be a help:-
emotionally, educationally, economically, and spiritually
THE ONE WHO FOLLOWS ME
A careful mother I ought to be, A little one is following me.
I do not dare to go astray, For fear she’ll go the selfsame way.
I cannot once escape her eyes, Whatever she sees me do, she tries.
Like me she says she’s going to be, That little one who follows me.
She thinks that I am good and fine, Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me she must not see, That little one who follows me.
I must remember as I go Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow
I am building for the years to be That little one who follows me.
2. THE PRESSURES ON THE HOME "Honour thy father and thy mother"
Ephesians 6 v. 1 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right."
Why? because of:-
(a) Confusion - so many influences - which are right and which are wrong ? 4 stages of parenthood
(1) We idolise them - "by Dad is bigger than your Dad" (2) We demonize them - "my Da won't let me"
(3) We utilize them - "Da, can I borrow the car?" (4) We humanize them weren't perfect but they tried
God says "honour" - not for their person alone, but for their position
A respect demanded - i.e. there is a position to recognise - as parents
A pattern to respect, a praise to render - Giving honour is:-
(a) Personal - i.e. Honour Governments - 1 Peter 2 v. 13 & 14 "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well."
Honour Elders - 1 Timothy 5 v. 17 "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine."
Honour all men - 1 Peter 2 v. 17 "Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king."
Honour the Lord - Pro 3 v. 9 "Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:"
(b) Preferential - i.e. to think highly of
(c) Positional - Matthew 15 v. 3 - 6 "But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."