Children, Obey and Honor
Minister: Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
Date: 7/22/2012 PM
Psalters: 265, 187, 322, 90
Sacrament of Baptism
- The participants are children and parents (father and mother).
- Our text implies that the children members of the Ephesian church are among the “saints” (1:1).
- Parents (father and mother) are those whom the Lord uses to rule believing children.
- Children did not chose their parents, the Lord did.
- Both parents are mentioned because honor is due to both, for the Lord’s sake.
- God uses admonitions as a means to give grace to His people (Canons III,IV-17; V-14).
- First, children are to “honor their father and mother” (2).
- This speaks of the respect children are to have for their parents.
- “Honor” is an internal attitude or disposition of reverence, to value or esteem highly someone or something.
- Second, children are to “obey your parents” (1), i.e., to “listen” or “hearken.”
- Behind right obedience are ears which focus or pay attention to the words of their parents.
- The clear implication is that children are to do exactly what their parents tell them when they tell them.
- Obedience/listening is to be “in the Lord,” i.e., in the sphere of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Why are children to obey and honor their parents?
- First, it is “right,” i.e., obedience and reverence are righteous deeds and attitudes.
- Second, this “the first commandment with promise.”
- Reminder that it is only in the consciousness of “the Lord” that believing children can and will obey and honor their parents.
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