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Delivered By
Bob Petersen, Ben Selby, & Anthony Jones
Delivered On
May 13, 2018

Honor Your Parents


Deuteronomy 5:16 NAS Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you.


Ephesians 6:2 NAS HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.


Honor (Dictionary) regard with great respect

Honor (Greek) timao (tim-ah'-o); to prize, fix a valuation upon, to revere


The bible addresses areas that could be, in our fallen world, errant.

  • They are areas of possible weakness do to our gender, age, experiences, etc.

    • Examples are: Women-gossip, youth-pride, men-lust, mistreatment-forgive

  • God instructs us in these areas to keep us from opening doors to the enemy

Parents will probably make mistakes in raising children due to a number of reasons

  • Some of the mistakes can cause a child to look at their parents with contempt

    • So the bible addresses this by telling us to honor our parents

    • It is so important that God made it one of the 10 commandments and addresses it numerous times throughout the bible


6 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents by Tim Challies: Perhaps the most important way we can honor our parents is to forgive them. The fact is, there are no perfect parents. All parents have fallen far short of their children’s expectations and, in all likelihood, even their own expectations. Our parents have sinned against us. They have made unwise decisions, they have had unrealistic expectations, they have said and done things that have left us deeply wounded. For that reason, many children enter adulthood controlled by anger and bitterness. They find themselves unable to move past their parents’ mistakes or their parents’ sin.


Even when parents have acted unhonorable we are to cover and not expose them.

  • Genesis 9:20-25 NAS 20 Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father's nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25 So he said, "Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers."

    • Look at the curse from uncovering

      • Deuteronomy 27:16 NAS Cursed is he who dishonors his father or mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'


Misconceptions about honoring one’s father and mother

  • To honor your father and mother, you must let them control your marriage.

    • The marriage bond takes priority over other family relationships.

  • Your father and mother have ultimate authority.

    • Parents authority never overrules God’s authority.

  • Honoring your father and mother requires you to follow their religious beliefs unquestionably.

    • The Bible encourages us to test what we are being taught to see whether it is the truth.


From an article entitled Honoring My Mama - This is going to be a hard pill to swallow for some of you. God didn’t say honor your parents if they’re honorable. Nowhere does he say that respect must be earned before you have to give it. God simply calls us to give honor where honor is due and that is too our parents, for better or worse, because they are the ones who gave us life.


Proverbs 30:17 NAS The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.


Proverbs 15:20 NAS A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.

Matthew 15:4 AMP For God commanded, Honor your father and your mother, and, He who curses or reviles or speaks evil of or abuses or treats improperly his father or mother, let him surely come to his end by death.