Warm up Questions:
1. What would you remember during your childhood days that your parents disciplined you?
2. How do you differentiate discipline from punishment?
3. What is your personal view on discipline and punishment? Is punishment always bad?
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a
garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” ~ Proverbs 1:8-9 ~
WHAT What Does the Bible Say?
I. The Responsibility of Children
The word “children” here in this bible verse below is not a word for infant but referring to an adult
child. You will always be a child of your parents no matter what your age will be. This is not talking
about tiny little children, small children who cannot obey based upon a biblical mandate. This is
referring to those that are old enough to understand the nature of the command as coming from
God with promise.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the
first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the
land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and
instruction of the Lord.” -Ephesians 6:1-4-
Adult children who are responsible and reasonable to understand the place that God has, as the
sovereign, and understand that God blesses obedience, it is to those children this command is given.
And it is essentially the basic command that makes a home work…Children, obey your parents.
Have you been an obedient child to your parents? Why?
II. The Capital Punishment for Disobedience During Old Testament Times
Capital punishment is biblical and many countries are adapting this biblical principle. It is so basic to
civilization that this command is given as a part of the Ten Commandments stated in Exodus 20:12.
This is so basic to civilization, to the well-being of the family that God literally designates capital
punishment as a just punishment for a disobedient, rebellious child.
“Anyone who attacks their father or mother is to be put to death. Anyone who curses their father or
mother is to be put to death.” -Exodus 21:15 & 17-
“Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their
father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.” -Leviticus 20:9-
What do you think if death penalty is still being imposed for disobedient children, would you
consider yourself to be on the death row? Why?
III. Benefits of Children When Obeying their Parents
1. There is Quality of Life
When children welcome the parents teachings, there is this promise of quality life. Obedient
children will enjoy life, they’ll enjoy life because they will enjoy the blessing of God. The child
can do that through obedience to the Lord. Blessings follow when there is obedience.
“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke.” –Proverbs 3:11–
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” -Job 5:17-
2. There is Prolonged Life
Obedience to parents is the only command that promises long life.
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it
may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” -Ephesians 6:2-3-
A godly child will live a blessed life qualitatively and a full life quantitatively. This child will live
out his or her days as God has ordained and there that promise of a prolonged life.
SO WHAT What is the relevance of the Word to my life
NOW WHAT How do I apply the Word to my life?