Ten Commandments Bible Study: Commandment Five

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12).

When God gave the Ten Commandments he specifically directed one command to the family. He did not address the father and the mother, as one might expect, but the child.

Deuteronomy 5:16   “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee”

Ephesians 6:1-2 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Honour: Lit. Hebrew – to be heavy, be weighty, To give something or someone it’s full weight or stature. English – “1. To revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative duties to” (Noah Webster, 1828).

Is there anyone who is exempt from this command?


Why is it difficult to honor one’s parents?


What are the rewards for honoring your parents?

I.  Four attitudes that do not honor parents:

1.  _________________ Proverbs 30:17, Deut. 27:16a

2.  _________________ Exodus 21:17

3.  _________________ Deuteronomy 21:18-20

4.  _________________ Exodus 21:15

  II.  Five attitudes that do honor parents:

 1.  ________________ Leviticus 19:3

 2. ________________ Proverbs 17:6

 3.  ________________ Proverbs 4:1

 4.  ________________ Ephesians 6:1-2

 5. ________________ I Timothy 5:3-4, 8

 III.  Old Testament examples:

  •  Deuteronomy 21:18-21
  •  Jeremiah 35:18-19

IV.  Our Lord Jesus Christ’s teaching on this command:

  •  Matthew 15:4-6
  •  Mark 7:10-13

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