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The transitional commandment–honor your mom and dad. This command is unique in so many ways. It is the first command with a promise of long life,  if followed. In addition, it affects both the vertical and horizontal relationships of men. 

Vertically, the way one treats one’s parents often models the treatment of authority figures in life. If we treat our parents with no respect, that is often how we treat bosses, authorities and even God. 

Additionally, as our Heavenly Father, God wants to have an intimate loving relationship. That is only possible if we honor and respect him. 

Horizontally, our family relationships define us. They are the truest picture of unconditional love we possess on earth. Unless we get them right, we will struggle with all other relationships we encounter. Honoring our parents is the truest test of that practice. It will define how you treat others. 

This command has the widest application and the clearest reward. 

God Bless You

“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

You have six days each week for your ordinary work,

but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you