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*/The Fifth Commandment:  Honoring Father and Mother/*
Pastor Oesterwind
December 14, 2008
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
Exodus 20:12
*Introduction:   *How much do fathers and mothers desire honor, respect, and obedience?
A high school football coach used biblical principles to motivate and inspire his team to play winning football while showing honor, respect, and obedience toward God and authority.
Coach Taylor prayerfully approached his job and one day had the opportunity of leading a student on his team to Christ.
Matt’s reaction to receiving Christ greatly encouraged his coach.
The first thing he wanted to do was talk to his dad.
So, Coach Taylor agreed to take him right away.
Matt’s father worked downtown.
He asked the secretary if he could see his dad, and she buzzed the man on the intercom.
He was actually meeting with a business associate.
Matt’s dad seemed bothered by the interruption, and when the secretary told him it was his son, the associate with him asked if he should step out.
The father waved off his associate and asked him to stay.
He also asked his secretary to send in his son.
Matt walked into the office beaming.
He apologized for interrupting, and his dad quickly asked him why he was there.
A surge of emotion and grief over sin carried Matt into a confession that absolutely stunned his father.
He asked his dad to forgive him for the way he had been acting.
He told his dad that God saved him.
The last thing he said was that from that point on, he would show honor and respect toward his father by obeying him.
Whatever dad said, Matt would do.
Matt walked out of the office.
His speechless father finally stood up from his chair and looked out his office window.
He saw son getting in the car with Coach Taylor.
What happens next demonstrates how desperately fathers and mothers desire respect, honor, and obedience.
The business associate looks at Matt’s father and says, “For what it’s worth, I’d give my right arm to hear my son say that to me.”
/Facing the Giants (Destination Films, 2006)/
*Transition:*  “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).
The fifth commandment finds continuity and completion in similar mandates revealed in the NT.
All of us must honor, respect, and obey our parents at all times and in all things!
Tonight, we will trace the development of this command throughout Scripture, see how seriously God takes the command today, and bring out the biblical responsibilities that both parents and children have today.
So, first…
*   I.
Since God considers this a weighty matter, we must not take it       lightly.
[How is the 5th commandment fit together with the other       9; how is it developed in the OT; how is it reiterated in the NT]*
/How does God want us to consider the fifth commandment fit into the arrangement of ten?/
·       */The first four/* commandments guided Israel in their relationship with the LORD; */the last six commandments/* guided Israel in their relationship with one another - particularly the family.
·       Making a carved image to carry out idolatry, taking God’s name in vain, and failing to remember and keep the Sabbath day holy are all extensions of the */first/* commandment (‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’).
·       These first four commandments provide a basis for the next six.
You cannot build a house unless you establish the foundation.
Israel had to learn that establishing the foundation meant that they keep their relationship with the LORD sound.
·       Just as commands two - four build upon the first commandment, even so */commands six - ten will build upon the fifth/*.
·       Israel honored God because God gave them life; they were to honor their parents because God used the parents as instruments in giving them life.
The family is critical in each economy of God.  */Honor is given to parents because they are representatives of God’s authority./*
o   Honor in the sense of */showing respect/* 
o   The fact that honor is extended to both */father and mother/* should not be lost on us.
Remember that the world of the OT was predominantly male.
Yet the mother is afforded the same honor and respect as the father in such a society.
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/How does the fifth commandment develop throughout the OT?/
Leviticus 19:3 states, “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and keep My Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.” 
·       The reverence of parents is in fact a */healthy fear of dishonoring or disobeying them/*.
o   On one hand we are commanded to love our neighbor; on the other hand, we must honor and fear our parents.
o   Our hearts must be right toward them.
o   Our speech regarding them must be right.
Thought, word, or deed - God sees it all.
When the families of our country are strengthened with this kind of interaction, then the promises of God’s blessing are realized.
The breakdown of this interaction in our families will yield a very bitter fruit for our country.
That fruit is being realized today.
One of my friends on the shelf [Philip Graham Ryken] believes that the most significant attack upon the American family came in the 1960s.
I think a lot of us would agree with that.
He quotes Annie Gottlieb who concurs.
She writes of the 60s…
We might not have been able to tear down the state, but the family was closer.
We could get our hands on it.
And …we believed that the family was the foundation of the state, as well as the collective state of mind …We truly believed that the family had to be torn apart to free love, which alone could heal the damage done when the atom was split to release energy.
And the first step [was] to tear ourselves free from our parents.
The destruction of America begins with the destruction of the family.
The destruction of the family is expedited when children dishonor and disobey their parents.
As long as parents were alive, children were to honor and obey them.
A failure to honor parents was met with severe penalty in the OT:
·       Striking or cursing father or mother led to a death sentence (Ex 21.15, 17).
·       It was commanded to stand before the elderly and honor their presence (Lev 19.32).
·       It seems clear that even in a strict time of enforcement such as the OT, a */progression/* led to severe action (cf.
Deut 21.18-21):
o   Stubborn and rebellious children who failed to obey their parents were chastened.
o   When the children would not cooperate, they were taken to the elders of the city.
o   Once the parents reported the stubborn rebellion of their child, then the men of the city gathered and stoned the child to death.
o   Evil was put away from the whole society.
Israel would hear and fear - especially children tempted toward stubbornness or rebellion.
“*/Cursed/* is the one who treats his father or his mother with contempt.
And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’” (Deut 27.16).
A positive example of honoring parents is found in the life of */Solomon/*:
·       When the mother of King Solomon approached him, he stood to meet her.
He also bowed before her.
While he sat upon his own throne, he had a throne set for his mother.
She sat at the right hand of her son (1 Ki 2.19).
The */Proverbs/* have much to say along this line:
o   Proverbs 1:8-9 “My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they (parental instruction obeyed) will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.”
o   Proverbs 6:20, 24 “My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother …To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress.”
o   Proverbs 15:5 “A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent (careful; changes attitude and actions when necessary).”
o   Proverbs 19:26 “He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.”
No gratitude; drives parents away - no honor.
o   Proverbs 20:20 “Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness.”
Many generally agree that death sentences for rebellious children were not carried out in Israel’s history during Solomon and the later kingdom periods.
Here, God will take it upon Himself to put out the lamp of the dishonorable child.
o   Proverbs 23:22-25 “Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
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