God is the Source of a Father’s Authority

Bible Summary. The Bible tells us that a father’s authority comes from God. Honor is key in a father-child relationship. When a father is dishonored it is a sign that the family is far from God. We must balance honoring our parents with not using them as an excuse to do wrong in the sight of God. See below for Biblical commentary and advice concerning a father’s authority.

Father and Mother Tuck Children into Bed

Father and Mother Tuck Children into Bed
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A Father’s Authority Comes From God.

The Bible tells us that a father’s authority comes from God. A father’s authority consist of his children respecting him, submitting to him, and supporting him. Matthew 15:4 tells us that God commands us to honor our father and mother.

Matthew 15:4, “For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.”

A Father-Child Relationship is Broken When the Father’s Authority is Not Honored.

Honor is key in a father-child relationship. If a child dishonors his father, the father-child relationship for all practical purposes is broken. Malachi 1:6 advises us that a father-child relationship requires honor.

Malachi 1:6, “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour?”


Dishonoring Your Father’s Authority, Makes You Your Father’s Enemy.

The Bible tells us that if we dishonor our father’s authority, we are our father’s enemy. When a father is dishonored it is a sign that the family is far from God. Micah 7:6 advises us how dishonor your father and mother tears up a family.

Micah 7:6, “For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.”

A Father’s Authority Does Not Overshadow A Son’s Personal Responsibility to Do Right.

The Bible tells us to honor our mother and father, and we should respect their authority. At the same time, we cannot use our parents or our past as an excuse to do wrong in the sight of God. Jeremiah 31:29 says no more to fathers eating sour grapes and their children’s teeth being set on edge.

Jeremiah 31:29, “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”