Welcome back to the Submission to Authority Series!
To view part 1 click here.
This time we will see what the Bible says regarding the first earthly authority figures each person is given: A father and a mother. Sadly some of us may only have one and not the other and even still some of us are orphans. However, I titled this post submission to parents and guardians. So even if those who watch over you are not your biological parents, they still deserve your submission and honor because the Lord placed them in your life to take care of you for a reason.
What does the Bible say about parents and children?
- “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 ESV)
- “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, 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. (Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV)
- Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV)
- Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. (Colossians 3:20 ESV)
These are just a few Scriptures, God says more:
- Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father…I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:3 ESV)
- “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV)
- “‘Cursed be anyone who dishonors his father or his mother.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ (Deuteronomy 27:16 ESV)
The book of Proverbs is chock full of Scriptures for parents and children.
- Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
(Proverbs 1:8 ESV)
- My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
(Proverbs 6:20 ESV)
- A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
(Proverbs 13:1 ESV)
- If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
(Proverbs 20:20 ESV)
- The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.
(Proverbs 30:17 ESV)
Hope you don’t mind the plethora of Scripture. I don’t plan to write much in my own words for this series. I feel that God’s Word speaks for itself. Don’t you?
I hope that you have come to the realization that God is very very, serious about the honor of parents and how we treat them. I am reading a very good book by the Botkin sisters titled, “So Much More” in which they cover the topic of family dynamics. Here’s what they had to say in regards to honoring our parents:
“When we try to resist this authority, we are resisting God. When we mock this authority, we mock God.”
All authority comes from God. Starr Meade’s, Training Hearts and Teaching Minds catechism taught the following to my family and I:
“The right attitude to have toward parents is an attitude of respect. Children [and adults] who respect their parents are afraid to displease them. This is not a fear of getting caught and of punishment. It is a sincere desire to do what would please the parent and to keep from doing what would make the parent unhappy…This commandment calls us to always respect our parents, no matter how we feel.”
No matter how old you are, (or how old you will be) you must still honor your parents and treat them with respect. Why? Because God said so! 😉
Hope you learned something from the second part of this series!