Honor your parents, and you will be rewarded with long life. The only commandment with a gift attached – this must mean something. Honoring and respecting your parents must be a big deal to God, right? They have experience, they have wisdom, we, as the subordinate in the relationship should pay attention and heed their advice. Do we? Rarely. Is that a problem? Ask God. He said we’re supposed to. If you look at it, He’s THE father and it only stands to reason that if we can’t even humble ourselves to listen to our earthly parents who we can see, why would we listen to our eternal Father who we can’t? Honoring our parents now sets the pace for honoring our Father forever.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” – Exodus 20:12