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The Fourth Commandment

Oct 15, 2019    Matt Peeples, Casey Kegley & John Davis

The Fourth Commandment: You are to honor your father and your mother.
We are to fear and love God, so that we neither despise nor anger our parents and others in authority, but instead honor, serve, obey, love, and respect them.

FaithLife Study Bible
Honor your father and your mother This acts as a hinge between the two categories of the laws since it has elements of both divine and interpersonal relationship. The dual focus demonstrates that faith to God was of central importance for the family. This is the only law with an entirely positive message and an offer of reward.

Exodus 20:12
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Matthew 15:1-9
15 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” 3 He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 5 But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” 6 he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. 7 You hypocrites!

Gen X, in this stage of life where they are raising their own children and taking care of their parents. -Jason Dorsey “The Center for Generational Kinetics”

Luther’s Large Catechism.
[108] It must therefore be impressed on young people that they revere their parents as God’s representatives, and to remember that, however lowly, poor, feeble, and eccentric they may be, they are still their mother and father, given by God. They are not to be deprived of their honor because of their ways or failings. Therefore, we are not to think of their persons, whatever they may be, but of the will of God, who has created and ordained it so.