“Obeying My Parents”

“Obeying My Parents”
Woodlawn Baptist Church
February 2, 2011

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. ~Exodus 20:12

At times this commandment may be easier said than done, but within this commandment is a promise from God.  Believe it or not God did not ask that we do this to make our lives miserable, but if we were obedient in doing so, a longer life would be possible for us.

I Samuel 17:12-22 (NLT)
Now David was the son of a man named Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in the land of Judah.  Jesse was an old man at that time, and he had eight sons.  Jesse’s three oldest sons, Eliab, Abinadab, and Shimea, had already joined Saul’s army to fight the Philistines.  David was the youngest son.  David’s three oldest brothers stayed with Saul’s army, but David went back and forth so he could help his father with the sheep in Bethlehem.  For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army. 

One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers.  And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain.  See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.  David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.  So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him.  He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries.  Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army.  David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers.

This story sets up the beginning of one of the most popular stories in the bible; David and Goliath. Praise God that David had an obedient heart towards his Heavenly and earthly father.  Imagine if David had not obeyed his father when told to meet his brothers.  Would he have been there in time to face Goliath?  Because of his obedience and strong faith, God was there to help him win the battle against the giant Philistine.

Something to think about:  God has a plan and a purpose in all that He commands.  Obeying our parents may lengthen our time on Earth, being that they are wiser and can steer us from the path of destruction.  Wisdom not only delivers one from evil but promises certain rewards; longevity and prosperity (KJV Footnote).

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