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Honour Your Father And Mother (Ephesians 6 1:3)

Sermon on 2 June 2024 by Pastor Paul

Ephesians 6:1-3 

[1] Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. [2] “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: [3] If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” 



Exodus 21:15 &17 

[15] “Anyone who strikes father or mother must be put to death. 

[17] “Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death.



There are more than 600 God's commandments but God has selected the most 10 important commandments.



The 2 greatest commandments 

Hear, O Isreal, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

    > Mark 12:29-31

    > Matthew 22:37-40

    > Deuteronomy 6:4-5

    > Leviticus 19:18



The right honour?

   > Are we honouring our parents the way which God approves ?  



Beware - Mark 7:6-13 

                [6] Jesus replied, “You hypocrites!

                Isaiah was right when he

                prophesied about you, for he wrote,

                ‘These people honor me with their

                lips, but their hearts are far from

                me. [7]  Their worship is a farce,

                for they teach man-made ideas as

                commands from God.’ [8]  For you

                ignore God’s law and substitute

                your own tradition.” [9] Then he

                said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s

                law in order to hold on to your own

                tradition. [10] For instance, Moses

                gave you this law from God: ‘Honor

                your father and mother,’ and

                ‘Anyone who speaks         

                disrespectfully of father or 

                mother must be put to death.’ [11] 

                But you say it is all right for 

                people to say to their parents, 

                ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have 

                vowed to give to God what I would 

                have given to you.’ [12] In this way, 

                you let them disregard their needy 

                parents. [13] And so you cancel 

                the word of God in order to hand     

                down your own tradition. And this 

                is only one example among many




The right honour? 

   > How should we honour our parents the way which God approves?



[ 1 ] Obey - Ephesians 6:1

                    [1] Children, obey your parents

                    because you belong to the Lord,

                    for this is the right thing to do. 


                   Colossians 3:20 

                   [20] Children, always obey your

                   parents, for this pleases the




                   Romans 1:28-32 

                   [28] Since they thought it foolish

                   to acknowledge God, he

                   abandoned them to their foolish

                   thinking and let them do things

                   that should never be done. [29]

                   Their lives became full of every

                   kind of wickedness, sin, greed,

                   hate, envy, murder, quarreling,

                   deception, malicious behavior,

                   and gossip. [30] They are

                   backstabbers, haters of God,

                   insolent, proud, and boastful.

                   They invent new ways of sinning,

                   and they disobey their parents.

                   [31] They refuse to understand,

                   break their promises, are

                   heartless, and have no mercy.

                   [32] They know God’s justice

                   requires that those who do these

                   things deserve to die, yet they do

                   them anyway. Worse yet, they

                   encourage others to do them,




[ 2 ] Show piety - Timothy 5:4 

[ 3 ] Repay           

[ 4 ] But if she has children

                          or grandchildren, their first

                               responsibility is to show

                               godliness at home and

                               repay their parents by

                               taking care of them. This

                               is something that pleases




Exodus 20:12 

[12] “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 

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