Doing Family God’s Way, Part 15 — Ephesians 6:1-3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #39)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:1-3:

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

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James M. Gillis said, “The salvation of society is in the family and the reconstruction of family virtues, parental authority, and filial obedience. The family is the nucleus of all society. You can have no prosperous state unless the family is healthy. You can have no effective church unless the family is sound. The family is the organic cell from which all human societies are constructed.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If Christ waited to be anointed before He went to preach, no young man ought to preach until he, too, has been anointed by the Holy Ghost.”

Beyond obedience, the next thing God wants children to do is to “honor thy father and mother.” The word “honor” means to respect or to reverence.

Honoring one’s parents goes beyond obedience. A child might obey his or her parents but do so grudgingly or only because they feel like they have to. A child who honors his parents recognizes and respects their authority in his heart regardless of his feelings. He shows deference and respect in his attitude and his actions.

Paul is writing to a culture in which a person’s honor — how they are seen and treated by others — is very important. Younger people were expected to respect and show deference to their elders at all times. Under Greek custom, a child was under his father’s authority until the father died. Under the Roman custom, the father’s authority extended until he was 60 years old. So, even adult children were expected to show respect for their parents.

In Jewish culture, rabbis took the laws of Moses and delineated specific ways children were to honor their parents. For example, according to The Jewish Encyclopedia of Moral and Ethical Issues, the Hebrew word for “honor” means “dignity.” Thus, for a child, “keeping parents clothed and fed when they can no longer do so for themselves retains their dignity. Similarly, helping them in and out of the house preserves their dignity. Thus, the first mitzvah [Jewish law] is to preserve a parent’s dignity at all costs.” Another term, “morah” is the real word for honor and respect. ‘A child showed respect and honor by not sitting or standing in a parent’s designated place and by not interrupting when the parent was talking.’

The God-ordained authority structure not only keeps the family from devolving into chaos, but it does the same for society.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

Revive the Family Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Linda in Fort Worth, TX
for her brother to be completely delivered from alcohol & grief over the murder of his only son
for her daughter to come back to You

— Teresa in Albany, GA
for her daughter and oldest son to recover from the death of their brother and to be healed
for Teresa to stay strong

— Linda in Ledyard, CT
for her prodigal husband to return to You and come home

— Virginia in Barbados
for her nephew, Fachad, to be released from prison; for her husband to stay employed; for her to become debt free

— Kenesha in Kenosha, WI
bless her as a single mother, provide for her and her children; give her the right kind of job that pays well; lead her to a good church home

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Members of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention

John Mark Simmons of Nevada
Mark H. Ballard of New England
Abbott J. McCollum of New Mexico
Richard R. Wilburn of New York
B. Scott Davis of North Carolina
Joe Knott of North Carolina
Terry H. Montgomery of North Carolina
Jeffrey B. Watson of North Carolina
Stanley J. Welch of North Carolina
Ralph Jenkins of the Northwest region

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

U.S. CONGRESSPEOPLE

Andre Carson
Earl L. Carter
John R. Carter
Matt Cartwright
Kathy Castor
Joaquin Castro
Steve Chabot
Jason Chaffetz
Judy Chu
David Cicilline

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