Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
"Before gray hair you should rise up [in respect], and you must show consideration for the person of an old man" (Leviticus 19:32)
In some parts of the world, it is the custom for young children to honor adults by kneeling respectfully when in their company. In this way, they do not stand taller than those who are older. In these communities, it is also viewed as an act of disrespect for a child to turn his or her back to an adult. Although respect is shown in different ways in various cultures, such displays of respect remind us of the Mosaic Law and the command stated in today's text. Sadly, in many places it is no longer common to show honor to others. In fact, disrespect is the order of the day. God's Word puts a high value on showing honor. It tells us to honor Jehovah and Jesus. (John 5:23) We are also commanded to show honor to family members and fellow believers as well as to some outside the congregation.—Romans 12:10; Ephesians 6:1, 2; 1 Peter 2:17.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 4:1, 2)