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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 62

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From the Word: And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was submissive to them. And his mother stored up all these matters in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and maturity, and in grace with God and man. (Luke 2:51–52)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

Of all people, Jesus might have insisted on being right when confronted with his parents’ demands upon him. Yet, he was obedient and submissive to them. Children sometimes demand that they are right, that their parents are not being fair, and belligerently rebel against their fathers and mothers. Society has even come to expect this to happen. This can, of course, turn into behavior later in life that worsens or even threatens the lives of others. The result is that maturity and wisdom seems lost on many adults. One begins their path when young, leading one direction or the other, to righteousness or pettiness, wisdom or foolishness, maturity or immaturity. Jesus honored his father and mother, and so, grew up to be wise and mature.

Prayer: Teach me, Holy Spirit, to be submissive to my parents. Amen.

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