Honor Father and Mother

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The Hebrew word for “honor” in the 5th commandment is kbd.  Kabod is a word when used of God means to glorify.  It’s base meaning is substance or weight.  So the 5th Commandment is a kind of transition from the laws mostly focused on God (command 1-4) and those focused on actions between people (5-10).  The first four point is toward God as our only one worthy of worship.  A kind of secondary glory is for parents. Like God who is the source of all things, a provider and a sustained, parents gave us life, protected for us and kept us together until we also became adults.

To honor Father and Mother should be more than flowers, a card and some sentiment.  It should be respect, appreciation and care.

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