Respect -> Obedience (Hadith No. 1364)
Narrated Abu Wail: (One day) I sat along with Shaiba on the chair inside the Ka’ba. He (Shaiba) said, “No doubt, Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) sat at this place and said, ‘I intended not to leave any yellow (i.e. gold) or white (i.e. silver) (inside the Ka’ba) undistributed.’ I said (to ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)), ‘But your two companions (i.e. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu)) did not do so.’ ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said, They are the two persons whom I always follow.’ “
Distribution of money = (financial) fiqh issue. I’m not competent enough to delve into that. Yet.
There’s something else in this narration. Something so minute, yet of great importance. Notice how `Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) wants to do one thing, but ends up doing the other because the latter was what Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) preferred in their lifetime. It’s called respect for your elders (in age and rank). He stopped where they stopped. No questions asked. It’s simple, right? Why then do we ask questions? Why do we want to go beyond our limits? Why can’t we just accept? Why can’t we just hear and obey? Why can’t we just submit?
One more thing, Allah wasn’t pleased with Sahabah for nothing. They had great qualities and they exercised them. They did more than they said. They sacrificed, they proved their worth. They were wonderful people. :)