TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I have promised a thousand generations to those who love Me. You are a part of that, and so are your children. Follow Me and know My ways. Teach them to your children so you can lead them on the path of righteousness.
VISITING YOUR INIQUITIES?
Kind David was such a rock star in so many ways, but as a father, he fell way short. David had a son by the name of Solomon and that dude was the wisest man on the planet. Solomon had a fifty-pound head.
He knew how to make money. The Bible says he knew everything from the cattle in the field to the hyssop that grows on the wall. He knew how marketing and social structures worked. Solomon brought peace to the entire world. The guy was a genius, except when it came to his kids.
Solomon had a horrible family life growing up. There was nothing but t-total hell in David’s house 24 hours a day. They were still fighting, cussing, and killing each other while David was on his deathbed.
Like father, like son – Solomon’s life was the same way. The Bible has plenty to say about this:
‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, 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 generation.’ – Numbers 14:18
Did you know the Bible uses the term “visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the sons” seven times? It’s a giant warning light to all of us. But what does it mean? Does it mean God punishes our children for our sins? No! Not at all.
We punish our children with our sins. If our lives are filled with anger, bitterness, adultery, addiction – whatever it is – we fill our kids lives with the same things. The natural consequences of our bad choices do affect our kids, and their kids, and their kids.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Get your head and your heart right now. Accept the redemption Jesus offers and pass that on to your kids. Lead them to Jesus. Let redemption restore you and them so their lives can look more like heaven than hell.
FROM MY SERMON SERIES: NEXT OF KIN