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.
Honor denotes distinction and recognition. In this case a recognition of God’s role in the life of a parent or elder. God created hierarchy in His design for our family. A husband leads his wife, parents lead their children, and Christ leads the church. God also refers to the wise man accepting counsel. The missing piece in the minds of followers is the top of the hierarchy. A wife is meant to follow a husband who follows God. Children are meant to follow parents who follow the will of God. The church is headed by Christ who is the son of the Father God. Wisdom is seeing things from God’s point of view. His vision is complete wisdom. Accepting wise counsel requires knowledge of God and a discernment for His will. Following wise and discerning counsel will help a believer grow in spiritual maturity and experience the presence and favor of God in their lives through people God has chosen to put there as guidance for His children.(Proverbs 13:14) 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.