Jesus the man: Honors his Parents


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Overview

Honors His Parents

Jesus feels a calling to be about God the Father’s work and stay in the temple and teach the Pharisees. Because of this, he stays behind when his parents leave Jerusalem. A few days later his parents come back to find him, worried about his safety. 

Even though he was doing the work of God the Father, like us, Jesus has also been called to Honor his parents. So when his parents ask him to leave with them, is he supposed to stay in Jerusalem and honor his heavenly father or honor his worldly father and go back with them to Nazareth? 


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Discussion

  • When the Bible says to Honor you father and mother, what do you think it means?

  • How do you struggle to honor your father and mother? (e.g., finish this statement, I know I should honor my mother and father but…)

  • Have you ever been in a situation where you parents contradicted what the Bible says and you struggled with whether you are to honor them or the word of God? If so, when?

  • What does the Bible says about “those” situations?

  • We’re not Jesus, so a lot of times our struggle to honor our parents is not rooted in a desire to honor our Heavenly Father. Instead, it’s sinfully rooted in something else. What is that root for you?

  • How would your life change if you truly honored your parents (not just externally, but internally with a pure heart)?


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Challenge

Even God himself, Savior of the world, was not immune from the calling to honor his parents. Honoring your parents is more than just doing what they say. It involves your actions, attitude, and thoughts. Honoring them, even when its hard, honors and glorifies your Heavenly Father. This week, when you’re tempted to ignore, disobey, or disrespect your parents, ask the Lord to help you honor them, and Him, instead.