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To honour (kavod) in Hebrew means to give weight, respect, reverence, prominence, or glory. It has a similar meaning in Greek as well. God commanded that we honour our parents by obeying, respecting, and supporting them because they take part in God’s creation, protection, and provision for children.

Honoring God through Jesus is also similar, but with more weight. Jesus obeyed his earthly parents when he was young (Lk 2:51). He honoured his heavenly Father throughout his ministry (Phil 2:8-9). Paul advised Christians to have the same attitude of humility and obedience that Jesus had towards his Father (Phil 2:5). When obeying and respecting Jesus, we are honoring God the Father as well.

Whoever does not honour the Son, does not honour the Father who sent him. The elite Jews in Jerusalem dishonored and killed Jesus, as their forefathers had done to the prophets of yore. Jesus lamented saying, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate” (Mt 23:37-38). By persecuting the prophets and Jesus, they dishonored the Father who sent them. Hence, John wrote, “No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well” (1 Jn 2:23). So, without honoring and worshipping Jesus, we cannot do the same to God the Father. Through Jesus, we are respecting and obeying the Father who sent him.


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