SATURDAY, MARCH 23
Exodus 20:5-6; Numbers 14:18
“… to give every one according to
the fruit of his doings.”
DOES GOD JUDGE YOUR SINS ON YOUR CHILDREN?
Exodus 34:7 often raises the question: Does God punish children for their fathers’ sins?
God has just proclaimed that He is “… The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth” (Exod 34:6). We memorized that He is infinite and unchangeable in His holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. So how could He be so sinful, unjust, unkind, and unrighteous as to judge children for their fathers’ sins? We must also remember when Moses told God to blot him out of the book, when he had not sinned but the people had, God told Moses, “Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book” (Exod 32:33). The clearest verse that God does not judge unjustly is, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him” (Ezek 18:20).
So what does Exodus 34:7 mean? God warns that when children learn and follow the sins of their parents, He will also have to judge the children. The warning is to parents that their children will learn their sinful ways. Neither can the children blame their parents when God deals with them. Parents must be very mindful of their influence and impact on their children. If you break the Sabbath by how you live now, your children will spend the Lord’s Day the way they learned from you. If you lie, cheat, commit adultery, divorce, or lust after the world and status, and are profane in speech, they will likely develop the same character. Do not moan about how they have no interest in church fellowships when you too have no interest in fellowships. And children, you cannot blame your parents even if you did learn it from them. You are accountable for your own sinful choices.
THOUGHT: Have I been a godly or sinful influence?
PRAYER: LORD, help me to remember the serious reality of how I can influence my child.