Our Father Who Art On Earth! by Dennis Marquardt

Our Father Who Art On Earth!
Dennis Marquardt
Exodus 20:12; Luke 2:41-52; Ephesians 6:1-4

INTRO: When God gave Moses the 10 commandments they came on 2 tablets of stone. Tablet #1 no doubt contained the first 4 commandments on them since these deal exclusively with man's relationship with God; tablet #2 no doubt contained the last 6 commandments since they all deal with man's relationship to man, this would be the natural breakdown for having two tablets since there are two fundamental relationships.

What is interesting about this breakdown is that each tablet began with a foundational commandment: i.e.
Tablet #1 - To honor God as heavenly father
Tablet #2 - to honor earthly father and mother
These "first" commandments at the top of each stone tablet were the starting points for all that followed on each list.

The failure then to follow the first of each section would directly impact the following commandments and our ability to abide by them. Psychology has certainly attested to this truth in the area of our relationship with our earthly father and the life we live later. Where there are poor relationships with our earthly fathers there are higher crime rates and higher levels of depression and mental illness.

Our soul can rise or fall on what we do with the first commandment, and our society can rise or fall on what we do with the fifth commandment! We need to "plead the 5th!"

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that there are two elements to the 5th commandment:
(1. The call to honor our earthly parents…
(2. And the call to be honorable as earthly parents!
It is not just a call to the children, but also to the dad and mom!

I. THE HONORING CALL Ex. 20:12; Luke 2:41-52; Eph. 6:1-3

A. Respecting Authority Ex. 20:12a; Eph. 6:1-3
1. The first taste of authority a child experiences is that of his/her parents!
2. All humans that become healthy adults pass through 3 stages of authority:
a. Early childhood ... enforced ...

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