TRUTH: Children Obey Your Parents in the Lord

Most people are aware of the OBEY clothing brand. The brand is well known for incorporating politically and socially provocative propaganda into the designs of their clothing and its founder describes this as manufacturing dissent. The OBEY Clothing  company was founded in 2001 by street artist and illustrator Shepard Fairey as an extension to his work in activism. To dissent is to disagree with or to reject a position, ideology or doctrine. Innately, we have no problem dissenting. We are naturally rebellious which is why Paul tells us the TRUTH: Children Obey Your Parents in the Lord 

Part of our problem is that we fail to recognize who God really is. We tend to think that we have the right to choose to do what we want to do. We tend to think that our lives are our own; therefore, we can do what we want to do. In Ephesians 6, Paul reiterates one of the 10 Commandments – “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Paul says,

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.””

God, along with Paul, recognizes that man is naturally inclined to dishonor and disobey. We have to be encouraged and taught to obey. In the text, the Greek word for obey is hypakouō (hüp-ä-kü’-ō). It means to not only listen but to submit to a command; to follow a command. defines obey as to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes  or instructions of .. Simply, it is to do what you have been asked or told to do. God knows that if we don’t honor and obey our parents on earth there is little chance that we will honor and obey Him. TRUTH: Children Obey Your Parents in the Lord 

Why are children to obey? First, as an act of obedience to God, children are called to obey their parents. This means that God expects children to obey their parents out of honor and reverence for Him. It is the same expectation that He has for the husband and wife that Paul unveiled in Ephesians 5:21-33. In reverence to God, both are to submit to God. In reverence to God, children are to submit to their parents. The second reason Paul gives for the TRUTH: Children Obey Your Parents in the Lord is that it is right for children to obey their parents. God establishes this order. If He says it is right, then it is right. Furthermore, he expounds upon the first command is accompanied with a promise – “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

God introduces the concept of conditional promises to reinforce what God said in Deuteronomy when He said, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing(A) and a curse(B)” This is a concept that God unveiled with Adam in Genesis 2:15-17. We always have a choice to choose to obey or disobey. That is choosing life or death. If we follow God, our Father, we choose life. If we disobey, our Father, we choose death. This is what Paul is getting to in the text. Parents have the responsibility to teach their children the Word of God and to obey God’s Word. Children have the responsibility to learn and to obey God’s Word. TRUTH: Children Obey Your Parents in the Lord 



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