Message: “HONOR GUARD” from Rich Miller

Rich Miller - June 23, 2013

HONOR GUARD

Big Idea: A command with a promise... honor parents and live a good life! It’s interesting to me that, in general, there is nothing in the 10 Commandments about “respecting your elders.” There’s nothing about honoring political or civic leaders (although we are told to do so elsewhere in scripture). There’s nothing about honoring the king or the president or your boss. In fact, the 10 Commandments don’t even say, specifically, “Respect God’s authority.” But it does tell us to honor our parents. Why did God tell us to honor our parents, but not all these other forms of legitimate authority? Because if children honor and respect their parents, they invariably show honor and respect to their teachers, to police officers, to elected officials, to their bosses, and so on. There have probably been millions of research dollars that were spent to discover that principle, but God knew it all along. I believe that even though this verse only talks about honoring our parents, that it is intended by God as a command to honor and respect all legitimate authority.

Scripture References: Exodus 20:12

From Series: "The Law of Perfect Freedom (a sermon series on the Ten Commandments)"

James, the brother of our Lord, urges his readers to "look closely into the perfect law that sets people free." That "perfect law" is, of course, God's Law, also known as the Ten Commandments.

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