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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 61

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From the Word: Rise up in the company of the gray-haired, and honor the presence of the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:32)

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: They took a photograph of the men at church yesterday, in honor of Fathers’ Day. It was a collection of hoary-headed fellows. We show appropriate fear or reverence for the Lord when we honor these men and their female counterparts. God would have us honor the mere presence of the elderly. When I was a boy, my father taught me to stand when a woman walks into the room. Our heavenly Father teaches further: stand in the presence of the elderly—whether they are women or men.

Prayer: Lord, teach us to honor the elderly as our own parents. Amen.

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