“What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” (Ezekiel 18:2).TEXT — Ezekiel 18:1-18
While in captivity in Babylon, the Jews twisted God’s flawless justice template by arguing that regardless of the children’s righteous living, they would still be punished for the transgressions of their parents. They believed their exile was as a result of their fathers’ sins, with little consideration for their own righteousness.
Nevertheless, the Lord sent His servant, Prophet Ezekiel, to correct them firmly. Promptly, the Lord set the record straight. The father or mother would bear the consequences of their wrongdoings. A justice-seeking God would not transfer the guilt or punishment of the departed or living parents to the godly offspring. Equally, He would not on account of the rebellion of the children, destroy their faithful parents.
We all ought to have a clear understanding of the Scriptures that God holds individuals answerable for their deeds. A person may spring from a godly home and yet disavow the holiness standard of the other members of the family. On the final day, however, “every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). This truth should guide against the danger of hiding in religiosity or nominal Christianity to engage in negligent living.
Scriptural parenting, the type received by Joseph, Samuel, Esther, Timothy and others, is necessary to raise God-fearing generations. In the long run, however, the Lord would not spare His judgment on individuals, parents or children, who spurned the teachings on holy living mandatory to make heaven.
Thought for the day
Everyone shall reap what they have sown. Watch!
- in one year
- 2 KINGS 24 – 25