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“Honour thy father and thy mother.”   The Father and the Son
          The first four commandments estab-    Fatherhood originates with God. He
        lished the need to love and honour God;   has always been the eternal Father of an
        the fifth commandment deals with family   eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Their
        life, in particular the obligation of chil-  mutual love was described in Christ’s
        dren to respect their parents. The term   prayer to His Father: “Thou lovedst me
        “honour” has the underlying thought of   before the foundation of the world. O
        weight or glory. In other words, children   righteous  Father,  the  world  hath  not
        should love and respect their parents; they   known thee: but I have known thee, and
        should not regard them lightly or treat   these have known that thou hast sent me”
        them shamefully. This applies equally to   (Joh 17:24-25). In becoming a man, Christ
        each parent.                          came to serve and obey in a way that He
          While recognizing that stable homes   had never known before.
        are the foundation of a stable society, as   From childhood, He was conscious of
        God intended, it is noticeable today that   His pathway of submission and God’s
        some are intent on undermining and over-  plan for His life. At the age of 12, on a
        throwing the divine order. They despise   visit to Jerusalem, He was heard to say:
        the concept of the nuclear family – father,   “I must be about my Father’s business”
        mother and children together – and seek   (Luk 2:49). Returning to Nazareth with
        to redefine it. Inevitably, they leave a trail   Mary and Joseph, the Bible tells us that
        of confusion and chaos in their wake.   He “was subject unto them: but his mother
        They perversely encourage children to be   kept all these sayings in her heart” (2:51).
        “freethinking” (to think as they do) and   Later He would declare, “And he that sent
        to defy authority. While we may be sad-  me is with me: the Father hath not left me
        dened at such rebellion, we should not be   alone; for I do always those things that
        surprised; the apostle Paul reminded his   please him” (Joh 8:29).
        younger colleague Timothy that “in the   We can confidently say that the Lord
        last days perilous times shall come. For   Jesus was the only perfect Son, uniquely
        men shall be lovers of their own selves,   untainted by sin. His supernatural con-
        covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,   ception in the womb of a virgin was by
        disobedient to parents, unthankful, un-  the Holy Spirit. This is one reason why
        holy” (2Ti 3:1-2).                    Joseph is never referred to as His father.
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   Even in the genealogy at the beginning of
        the KJV.                              Matthew’s Gospel, which traces Christ’s

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