“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
The Word of God instructs and encourages us to honor our father and our mother.
Question: "What does the Bible say about honor?"
Answer: As a noun, honor in the Bible means “esteem, value, or great respect.” To honor someone is to value him highly or bestow value upon him. The Bible exhorts us to express honor and esteem toward certain people: our parents, the aged, and those in authority (Ephesians 6:2; Leviticus 19:32; Romans 13:1). But we must understand that all authority and honor belong to God alone (1 Chronicles 29:11; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 5:13). Though He can delegate His authority to others, it still belongs to Him (Ephesians 4:11-12).
While I acknowledge there are many in scriptures where we are exhorted to honor. However, this month we celebrate and honor Fathers. June 17th is Father’s Day and I want to honor all fathers of the Conference by honoring my father.
I don’t have many memories of my father kneeling down to pray with me, nor do I remember him reading scripture with or to me. But I do remember a father who was there to show me how to ride my bike; he was the one who insisted I get good grades in school. He was a man given to detail. Ask him a question and he would answer it five different ways. Ask him for directions…after he gave them to you he would occasionally draw you a map.
I remember him for his protective ways. The one who taught me to defend myself and when I could not rise to the challenge, somehow he would appear and all things where made right. He was the one who showed me how to put a straight crease in my pants and to tie my tie. Maybe that is why I am so fond of the full Windsor tie knot.
My dad was a truck driver. He drove Mac trailers. I can remember as a little boy, on more than one occasion, going with him on some of his runs. It was amazing watching him stick his hand through part of the steering wheel to shift the gears of the truck. Oh, those Mac Trucks! Some had loud, foghorn sounds. You had to pull a string that came from the roof of the cab. Guess who got to pull the string?
So this FATHER’S Day, I want to honor you, as pastors and ministers, for the time you invest in the youth of your congregations, the wise council given to those in distress and just for being my friend.
Dr. Larry Green Sr., President
Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Boston & Vicinity Inc.
Pastor | Teacher | Conference Facilitator
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