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Fifth Commandment

Deuteronomy 5:
16 “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (ESV)
This is the first commandment dealing with how we are to treat other people, and it's about our parents. I believe that placing it in order where it is, speaks to the importance God places on family, speaks to importance God places on listening to elders and speaks to how important the parent-child relationship is in Gods eyes. The responsibility of children to honor their fathers and mothers receives a special place on the original covenant; but their are also important guidelines on the role of the parents: to love their children, teach their children and protect their children. From the story of the prodigal son, the commandment:
Proverbs 22:
6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
  even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Everyone has parents, and we are commanded by God to honor them. It also gives a promise of making our "days long" -- that is having a long life -- and that it will go well with us. This doesn't mean that we must blindly obey them as adults, or that we can't disagree; just how we disagree with them and maintianing respect even when having a difficult conversation.

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