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THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT EXPANDED We need to reinterpret the fifth commandment. “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” Exodus 20:12. If you read that commandment to your congregation, how many of them do you think would assume that means they should be nice to their biological parents? Of course, out of painful experiences, there will be some who find that commandment very difficult to obey, but probably the majority would assume that was one of the easier commandments to complete. Do you recall the incident where Jesus was responding to his mother and brothers coming to speak to him, and Jesus replied, “‘Who … Continue reading