Sun, 2017-09-03 12:25
Today is Father’s Day which is an annual event and a special reminder to appreciate and honour Fathers.
Ephesians 6:2–3 (NKJV) “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Four reasons why each of us should honour our father:
1. God commands us to do so (5th of the Ten Commandments)
2. It’s the right thing to do
3. God promises that if we honour our father (and our mother) it will be well with us and we live a long life
4. It’s Father’s Day, so let’s make special effort to honour our father today
Obviously, we should honour our own father all the time, but especially so on Father’s Day.
(If your Father is no longer alive you can still honour him by speaking respectfully and honourably about him).
How can we best understand the role and position of a Father?
The best and most perfect picture and example of a father is Father God.
Matthew 6:8-9 (NKJV) … your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Jesus referred to God as “Our Father in Heaven”.
Although God wasn’t commonly known as “Father” in the Old Testament, David addressed God as Father in one of his prayers.
1 Chronicles 29:10 (NKJV) Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
Our heavenly Father is good, kind, loving, just, fair, faithful, generous, loyal, etc. etc.
So to understand the need to honour our earthly father we need to understand the need to honour our heavenly Father.
Malachi 1:6 (NKJV) A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts …
Conversely, we learn to honour our heavenly Father by first honouring our earthly father.
Honour and respect begins in the home.
(A person who hasn’t learned to honour their earthly father will have great difficulty in learning to honour their heavenly father.)
A Home should first and foremost be a Place of Honour and Respect:
1. Husband, love and honour your wife
1 Peter 3:7 (NASB95) You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
1 Peter 3:7 (WUESTNT) Husbands, in like manner, let your home life with them be governed by the dictates of knowledge, they being the weaker instrument, the feminine, holding in reserve for them particularly honor as to those who are also fellow-inheritors with you of the grace of life, and this, in order that no [Satanic] inroads be made into your prayers.
2. Wife, respect and honour your husband
Ephesians 5:33 (Ampl) However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; andlet the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly].
Eph. 5:33 (Msg) And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.
3. Children, obey and honour your parents
Ephesians 6:1–2 (NKJV) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:
Children only know how to honour their father and mother if mum and dad model honour toward each other.
Wives are even commanded to submit and respect husbands who may not live according to God’s Word.
1 Peter 3:1–2 (NASB95) In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.
So at the very least, one of the spouses must show respect and honour so the children can learn.
The word “father” is:
1. A term designated to the man who has pro-created us
a. God creates
b. Man pro-creates
2. A title that demands respect and honour
a. A father should always live a respectful and honourable life
b. But even if he doesn’t, we are still commanded to honour him
3. A term describing vital functions in the family
a. The father guides, guards and governs
b. The father provides and protects
4. Reference to a role which carries the greater responsibility
a. God said: Adam, where are you? (Genesis 3:9)
b. God first called the man to account, then the woman
A few words of warning to those who refuse to honour their father:
Exodus 21:17 (NASB95) He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
Quite obviously, we are no longer under this Old testament law but under New Testament grace.
Proverbs 20:20 (NKJV) Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
Proverbs 30:17 (NKJV) The eye that mocks his father, and scorns obedience to his mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it.
(NCV) … if you make fun of your father and refuse to obey your mother …
Proverbs 30:11–12 (NKJV) There is a generation that curses its father, and does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.
Society begins to break down from the moment when honour and respect is no longer found in the home.
So let’s honour our father today, and every other day.