“Sins of the Fathers {& Mothers}” March 8

 

Sins of the Fathers {& Mothers} - What does it mean that God visits the iniquity or the sins of the fathers on the children to the third and forth generation? Are those children doomed spiritually? Are they bound to repeat their parents sins? Will they bear the guilt or the punishment for their parents sins?What does it mean that God visits the iniquity or the sins of the fathers on the children to the third and forth generation? Are those children doomed spiritually? Are they bound to repeat their parents sins? Will they bear the guilt or the punishment for their parents sins?

 

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 13 & 14
Psalm 31.19-24
Proverbs 11.15
Mark 10.32-52

 

The Sins of the Fathers {& Mothers}

 

Numbers 13 & 14:

Sin & Its Consequences

 

Verse 14.18 says, “The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.”

What does that mean? Are those children doomed spiritually? Are they bound to repeat their parents sins? Will they bear the guilt or the punishment for them?

Let’s look at another passage of Scripture:

“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself” (Ezek. 18.20).

Scripture never contradicts Scripture. So we need to dig a little deeper to understand our passage from Numbers.

It’s my understanding that when the word translated “visited” is used it refers to physical consequences. And children do, often, suffer physical consequences for their parents’ sins.

They may be exposed to horrible lifestyles, suffer physical or sexual abuse, live in poverty, or be neglected in many ways.

Other choices and lifestyles affect children, too. For instance, when parents choose to divorce, the children are tossed back and forth between two households, sometimes put in the middle of arguments, and have limited time with one or both parents. 

 

But God …

 

Psalm 145.18-20 says that:

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him.”; He will “hear their cry and will save them.”

And 1 Corinthians 10.13 says:

13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Those promises are true for anyone, even children and adults raised is terrible homes or circumstances. When we turn to Him in faith, God will not allow a temptation or trial that we can’t handle without sinning. He will either provide the way out of it or He’ll give us the strength to bear up under it. In fact, He promises to use it all for good when we belong to Him (Rom. 8.28-29).

 

TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:

 

Psalm 31.19-24:

He Always Gets It Right

 

Verse 19 begins, “How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You …”

We must realize that God is good and He always does what is good and right and holy. When we pray for something, don’t immediately see the answer, and then are tempted to believe that He is withholding it from us, we need to remember that He always gets it right.

 

Proverbs 11.15:

Co-Signing Loans

 

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“He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, but one who hates being surety is secure.” It’s better to give to someone who has a need rather than co-signing a loan. Otherwise, we are at the mercy of their willingness to repay.

 


Mark 10.32-52:

He Came to Serve

 

Verse 45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve …”

Jesus is our example of self-less servant-hood. The greatest illustration of this is when the Creator of the universe girded himself with a towel and washed His disciples’ dirty, dusty feet (Jn. 13).

Lord, help us to be servants, not looking out for what we need, but for the needs of others.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Featured Resources:

 


Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

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Shepherding a Child’s Heart

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8 thoughts on ““Sins of the Fathers {& Mothers}” March 8

  1. Donna – So true, God’s promises are for anyone willing to turn to Him, and even when the not great things happen, God has a way of turning it around for His good! the one resource on grace filled parenting looks good too.

    Thank you for linking up with #TuneInThursday today!

  2. I’m so glad in faith we can rise above any circumstance we’ve been in. God is amazing!
    I always enjoy coming here Donna, you always make the Bible more understandable!
    #TeaandWord

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