Deuteronomy 3 & 4
How ‘Blame-Shifting’ Hurts You
Ezekiel 18.20 says, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
Yet, none of us is free from the tendency to want to blame someone else for our sins. Look at Moses statement in chapter 4:
“Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance” (4.21).
Where It Started
All this blaming-shifting actually started in the garden. When God asked Adam if he had eaten the forbidden fruit, he said, “The woman you gave me, she made me sin.” In other words, “It’s her fault and Yours, after all, You gave her to me!”
And what did we say, ladies? “It was the devil. He made me do it!” And it’s been going on ever since!
But sadly, we only hurt ourselves when we do. Continue reading