LESSON 7 - PARENTS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
THE 4TH COMMANDMENT
The 4th Commandment reads, “You shall honor your father and your mother.”
Martin Luther writes: “What does this mean? 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 respsect them.”
Well, this one is easy! Listen to your parents! There can be no question about this one! I mean, think about these three questions:
- How does one honor their parents when they are abusive?
- How does one honor their parents when their adult parents lost their mental capacity?
- What about other elders, those who are older and not our parents?
The word literally means “to give weight to.” Think about that word instead. "Give weight to your father and mother." The commandment doesn't mean you are to...
- Do absolutely everything your parents tell you to do.
- Absolutely forget about your parents either. If your parents' mental capacity is a bit wonky, it would not be giving weight to them to let them make poor decisions.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 5:16 Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.