Fathers are Mighty Men of God

Exodus 20:12

Fathers are the key to God’s plans for humanity.

Fathers are mighty because God made fathers mighty.

Fathers are the head of the human race because God made man first and gave him the assignment of being the head.

God made fathers to be strong leaders.

Gen. 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

  • God breath power and might into fathers.
  • Breath is the Hebrew word “ruach” is spirit.
God made fathers in his image and likeness and then when God saved fathers, God indwelled fathers with the Holy Spirit.

So, God created fathers mighty men of God because fathers have a mighty challenge.

Fathers are the alpha dogs of the family. Wolf packs have an alpha dog, a pride of lions have an alpha dog who fights for the pack and the pride.

God says honor thy father because the father is God’s first line of defense of the family.

Satan always attacks the father first because he is the alpha dog of the family, he is the man who fights for his family.

Satan knows if he can move the father then he has access to the woman and children.

The father is the key to godly families. God made the father head of the family, God made father to handle the attacks from Satan and every demon is his army.

The commandment is clear, “honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

  1. God’s Commandment to honor fathers.
  2. The benefits of honoring fathers

The context of Exodus 20th chapter is God’s people having been delivered from Egypt and now entering into a new land serving the true and living God.

God gives them instructions in how to live in the new land and Israel’s blessing is contingent upon obedience to God’s word.

The same principle applies to us as well; our blessing is contingent upon us obeying God.

The bible teaches, give honor to whom honor is due and God says fathers are due to be honored.

I.      God’s Commandment to honor fathers.

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

  1. Every commandment God gives is for our good and his glory.
  2. God honors leadership and he demands that we honor his leader whether we like the leader or not.
  • There is a prominent pastor in Houston Texas during one of his sermons, he mentions that a young man saw him in the hall and said “hey bro” his response was you don’t have to respect me but you have to respect the pastor of said church.
  • When God places a person in a position of leadership it is a sin not to honor the person.
  1. There is no higher position of leadership in the oldest and most precious institution of the family.
  2. The father is the family’s first pastor, and they are to honor him as such
  3. Wives and children are to honor the mighty man of God, that is the alpha male.
  • The father protects the family.
  • The father provides for the family.
  • The father leads the family.
Fathers are mighty men of God who lead their family spiritually.
  1. Leads them to God, by being in church, prayer meeting, Bible class, Sunday school and other spiritual activities.
  2. A father’s fellowship with God makes them mighty men of God.
It behooves all of us to honor fathers as God has commanded us.

II.     The benefits of honoring fathers.

“That thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

  1. Honoring father is the first commandment with promise.
  2. Honoring father solidifies our fellowship with God.
  • To not honor fathers is evidence of not being in fellowship with God.
  • To be in fellowship with God is to obey God in everything.
  1. Honoring father ensures spiritual blessing from God through fellowship with God.
  2. The benefit is that thy days may be long upon the land.
  • I know the grammar suggests longevity.
  • But the essence of the promise is quality of life.
Honoring and being good to thy fathers, God says I will be good to you.

The promise includes:
  • Opening doors that have been closed in your face.
  • It includes peace, love, joy and rest.
  • It includes all your needs being met.
  • It includes an intimate relationship that blesses your souls.

The hymnologist says it best:
I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses and the voice, I hear falling on my ear the son of God discloses and he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.

Fathers are mighty men of God because fellowship with the Savior makes them mighty!