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Ephesians (W10D5) Obedience and Honor

Week 10. Friday: Obedience and Honor

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

READ: Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Obey (Greek: hypakouō): to listen, to submit to commands

  • In the Lord (Greek: en kyrios): by way of the Lord, in view of the Lord

  • Honor (Greek: timaō): to revere, to venerate, to hold in high esteem

  • First Commandment with a Promise

  • In the 10 Commandments, the fifth commandment is the first with a promise.

  • This shows the importance of obedience in the Christian household.

  • Go Well (Greek: gar eu): be well off, prosper, fare well

  • Enjoy Long Life (Greek: makrochronios): to live long, to live a better life

  • Exasperate (Greek: parorgizō): to provoke to anger, to be overbearing

  • Bring Them Up (Greek: ektrephō autos): to nourish up to maturity, to nurture

  • Training (Greek: paideia): refers to the whole process of raising a child

  • This term is mostly used to describe discipline and correction.

  • Children cannot properly mature without consistent discipline.

  • Instruction (Greek: nouthesia): admonition, exhortation, setting an example

  • This instruction is not limited to merely teaching information.

  • Fathers must not only train but also set the right example for their children.

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

In our culture today we see the consequences of the breakdown of the family. Almost all of the negative situations in our culture can be tied back to family issues. Therefore, as believers, we should be wholly committed to leading our families to honor God. Parenting well requires consistent discipline, training, and an unwavering commitment to loving and serving God.

What are some things you allow your children to get away with?

In what ways do you require your children to honor you?

In what ways are you teaching and training your children in God’s Word?

PRAY: Ask God to help you be the parent that leads your family to honor Him.

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