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TITLE: 10 Stupid things We Do: Fail to Honor Parents
TEXT:  Deuteronomy 5:16
PROPOSITION:  Honor is more than obey.
KEY WORD:  Principles


  1. Peter the Hermit – 1274 – 700 years ago – “The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress.”
  2. The 5th command is the only one with a promise attached
  3. What you do with this command will determine your life

 The Command – Honor your Parents

  1. What is “honor”?
    1. Esteem, respect, give value to
    2. This word is used of worship to God, civil rulers
  2. Dependent children – respect and obey
  3. Independent children – respect and listening
  4. Aged parents – respect and support
  5. What does the parent owe the child in return for honor?
    1. Example of godliness
    2. Instruction in the way of the Lord
    3. Communication
    4. Loving – touches and hugs
    5. Discipline
    6. Time
    7. Prayer

 The Motives – Why obey this command?

  1. Because He said so.
  2. Because it is right and proper.
  3. It will lengthen your life
  4. It will benefit society

 The Questions – Tough Questions to think about

  1. What if your parents don’t deserve it?
    1. Perfect parents have imperfect kids
    2. Perfect kids have imperfect parents
    3. Even perfect Jesus had imperfect parents.
  2. What if your parents are no longer living?
    1. Honor the sacrifice – training – discipline
    2. Honor their memory

 Practical Suggestions

  1. Don’t expect perfection from parents
  2. Learn your parents’ story and try to understand their unique journey
  3. Pay back the good you received from your parents
  4. Refuse to return evil for evil


  1. Robert Frost, “Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.”
  2. Some need to stop this “stupid thing” and begin honoring their parents.



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