Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.…
1. The obedience of love.
2. The obedience of reverence. It is "honour thy father and thy mother." There may be much love, much fondness, and much real obedience, yet I have sometimes seen a most lamentable deficiency in this veneration for parents. If I look into the Word of God, there I see the principle exhibited. I see Joseph, in the forty-sixth of Genesis, meeting with his old father - Joseph who was next on the throne to Pharaoh, a great man in Egypt, with thousands at his beck: yet I find, in the twenty-ninth verse, "Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goschen, and presented him. self unto him; and he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while." And if I turn to another passage, it is still more striking: in the case of Bathsheba and Solomon. It is in the second chapter of the First Book of Kings, and the nineteenth verse. "Bathsheba therefore went unto King Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand."
3. The obedience of gratitude.
4. The obedience of submission.
(J. H. Evans, M. A.)
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