Honor Your Parents (Exodus 20:12)

The first four commands centered on God and worship of him. You must have no other gods before him. You must not make any graven image that would be worshiped or treated as an image of God. You must keep God’s name holy. You must keep the Sabbath holy by stopping your work and focusing on God’s deliverance. The final six commandments center on the treatment of other people. But the first commandment regarding others is not about murder, stealing, or adultery. Rather, the first commandment after the commands directed toward God is about family. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 ESV) This is a commandment that we know very well. Its location in the decalogue reveals that the relationship between the child and the parent is paramount. It is critically important. But what does it mean to honor your father and your mother? What does this look like?

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