One of the interesting things about The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 is the order of listing. The first three commandments emphasize God and no other gods and the fourth deals with the Sabbath. The fifth is:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” This precedes “You shall not murder, or commit adultery or steal or bear false witness or covet.” Apparently Father and Mother are an important issue with the Lord.
What if we had/have lousy good for nothing fathers and mothers… scripture says little about that as far as ‘honoring.’ That leaves us on the hook to obey the fifth commandment as best we can and that may mean keeping silent.
Proverbs 30:17 says, “The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.” To mock is to ‘tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner. Or to make an object of derision (derision- ridicule or mockery).’
Best we try to honor our father and mother to prevent our eyes from being plucked out by ravens and eaten by vultures.
“Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” Jesus