This commandment is heavy, literally. The Hebrew word translated “honor” means “weighty” or “heavy”. The same word is used to describe God’s majesty elsewhere in the book of Exodus, (33:18).
To honor one’s parents is to give due weight to their position, and to understand it is by God’s design that parents are to train, nurture, protect, and provide for their children.
Additionally, by God’s design and plan, children are to give their parents the recognition and obedience under God-given authority. Such obedience brings with it a promise of God’s blessing.
However, in a world where children are abused, exploited, and tortured, we might be tempted to write this commandment off as obsolete. (more…)