Honor to whom honor is due

July 9, 2017 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Exodus: freed to be God's people

Scripture: Exodus 20:12

Freed to be God’s people: a study of Exodus

Honoring to whom honor is due–outline

Exodus 20:12

Honor your parents that you may live under God’s blessing

What is the difference between the focus of the first four commandments and the last six? Why is “honor you father and your mother” the first commandment in those that govern relationships with people? In what way is the parent-child relationship foundational to other relationships?

How seriously does God consider the command to honor our parents (Deuteronomy 21:18-21, Leviticus 20:9)?

The Heidelberg catechism says, “What does God require in the fifth commandment? That I show all honor, love and faithfulness to my father and mother, and to all in authority over me; submit myself with due obedience to all their good instruction and correction; and also bear patiently with their infirmities: since it is God’s will to govern us by their hand.”

If parents are the primary instructors of their children, what do children need to learn from their parents about authority? Why is this so important? What is the problem with the philosophy that “I’m not going to impose my values on my children. I’m just going to let them discover their own values for themselves”?

Does Ephesians 6:4 mean fathers should not cross their children’s wills, lest it provokes them to anger? If not, how do parents discipline their children without wrongly provoking them to anger?

How do parents bring their children up in the discipline and instruction OF THE LORD? Deuteronomy 6:4–7? What are some of the virtues children need to learn from their parents?

Do you think we have a problem in America with people remaining in “perpetual adolescence into their young adult years? If so, why do we have this problem?

How do you honor your father and mother as a teenager? As a Christian how do you honor your father and mother when your parents are not Christians? How do you honor your father and mother as a married person, especially in the early years?  How do you honor parents or a parent who has hurt you badly? How do you honor your parents in their old age?

How should we understand the promise attached to this command? See also Ephesians 6:2–3.

How did Jesus honor his earthly parents (Luke 2:51; John 19:26-27)? How did Jesus honor his heavenly Father (John 8:28-29; 17:4)?

 

 

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