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The Ten Commandments (6)

"Honour your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12).

Listen to Peter Leithart comment on this commandment and then speak to God your Father about what strikes you:

"Because the Fifth Word is the heavenly Father’s word to his son (Israel), it’s ultimately about the Father and his eternal Son, who lives as the true Israel to redeem Israel. The Fifth Word not only assumes a certain order in society. It unveils the inner life of God. The Son honors his Father, trusts his Father, submits to his Father, hears his Father, gives the words of his Father weight, submits to his Father’s discipline. But this isn’t the end of the story. In the same moment, the Father turns the tables to glorify the Son, honor him, listen to his prayers and pleas. That is the final truth of family life: Young children glorify parents, while parents raise their children to glory. Adult children honor their parents materially, while parents praise their children. In keeping the Fifth Word, family life comes to reflect the mutual honor that is the crenulated communion of the living God."


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