Earthly fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children and earthly friends, are all “shadows”. But God is the “substance”.
— Jonathan Edwards
Children, obey. Why does the apostle use the word obey instead of honor, which has a greater extent of meaning? It is because obedience is the evidence of that honor which children owe to their parents, and it therefore more earnestly enforced. It is likewise more difficult; for the human mind recoils from the idea of subjection, and with difficulty allows itself to be placed under the control of another.
— John Calvin