Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sins of our fathers?

August 15, 2008

In this devotional in the past I have noted that the sins that the parents do affect the child. I may have given the impression that the child is no longer responsible for his or her actions. That is far from the truth.

Jeremiah 31:29-30 Webster
(29) In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
(30) But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

Jeremiah clearly shows here that a child has the right to sin or not sin, it is their choice. What happens is that a child has a much harder time not sinning if their parents were doing so. For example, a parent that is always drunk teaches a child that drinking is normal and that he is expected to do so. A parent who is moving from husband to husband tells her daughter it is OK to sleep around. They enable the behavior in their children.

God says it is not OK. Your parents did their sins, you are responsible for your sins, or not sinning.

In my life I blamed a lot of behavior on my dad. In reality it is my fault, not his, he has been dead for over thirty years.

Who do you blame for your sins?

Read through the Bible in historical order
Jeremiah 30:1-31:40
Jeremiah 32:1-34:22
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