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Summary: Mothers Day - 5th Commandment (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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Reading: Exodus chapter 20 verse 12.

• Our reading is short but meaningful:

• "Honour your father and your mother."

• Amplified Bible:

• “Regard (treat with honour, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother”


• A four-year-old and a six-year-old presented their Mom with a house plant.

• They had used their own money and she was thrilled.

• The older of them said with a sad face,

• There was a bouquet that we wanted to give you at the flower shop.

• It was real pretty, but it was too expensive.

• It had a lovely red ribbon with the words, ‘Rest In Peace’,

• And we thought it would be just perfect;

• Since you are always asking for a little peace so that you can rest.

By setting aside the day we call Mothers' Day:

• We are not merely contributing to a higher standard of living for;

• Florists, greeting card publishers and restaurant owners.

• We are fulfilling the Biblical command (the 5th commandment);

• Where we are told to "Honour your mother."

The Hebrew word (language of the Old Testament) for ‘honour’ means ‘Treat as weighty’:


• Someone did ask a little girl,

• What are you going to do, when you get as big as your mother.

• The little girl thought for a moment;

• Then replied; “Go on a diet!”

The Bible word for ‘honour’ means ‘Treat as weighty’:

• Obviously not physical!

• It means our respect, our gratitude, our attitude and our responsibility;

• Should be over-loaded towards them (“Father & Mother”).


The story is told that one day a beggar was begging on the side of the road;

• Alexander the Great passed by and the man asked for a spare coin.

• The Emperor threw into his begging bowl several gold coins.

• A courtier was astonished at his generosity and commented,

• “Sir, copper coins would adequately meet a beggar’s need. Why give him gold?”

• Alexander responded,

• “Copper coins would suit the beggar’s need, but gold coins suit Alexander’s giving.”

• ‘Honour’ means that our respect, our gratitude, our attitude and our responsibility;

• Should be generous, over-loaded towards them (“Father & Mother”).


• We should be generous towards our Mothers in gratitude for all the;

• Sacrificial, long hours, multi-tasking, generous, empathy and wisdom! They have shown towards us.

• Mothers are quite unique!

• Motherhood is the most creative job in the world.

• It involves;

• Fashion, decorating, recreation, education, transportation, psychology, romance,

• Cuisine, literature, art, economics, government, paediatrics, geriatrics, entertainment,

• Maintenance, purchasing, law, religion, energy and management.

• Anyone who can handle all those has to be somebody special.

• She is. She's a homemaker.

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