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Family series #7: Blessing or Cursing our Children

In John 9:1-3 we read a story of Jesus and His disciples coming upon a man who was blind from birth. The disciples asked Jesus, "Who sinned to cause this blindness, the man or his parents?"

Jesus replied, "Neither has this man sinned nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." Then spitting on the ground, Jesus made some clay and then anointed the man's eyes with it and instructed him to go and wash himself in the Pool of Siloam. He obeyed and was miraculously given his sight.

Isn't it interesting that the disciples did not ask Jesus why this happened? Instead they concluded that someone must have sinned for this man to be born blind. It certainly wasn't the man himself since he had been blind from birth; so they reasoned that it must have been the parent's fault .

Where did the disciples get the idea that this blindness must have been caused by the parent's sin? They got that idea from the Old Testament.

Let me make it very clear that none of us are in any position to ever judge why God allows blindness, deafness, mental retardation or any other birth defect. We do know from Psalm 139 that God is at work in the womb forming every cell of each human body. and He is to be glorified in every situation; but there are stern warnings God has given to us all. In the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20 God gives very solemn warnings in verses 4-5 that He will not tolerate man making or bowing down to idols made of wood, stone, metal or whatever. Neither will He put up with the idolatry of putting anything ahead of Him. He demands that He be first in our lives. We must love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

You can't sin and get away with it!
Those who refuse to put God first in their lives will be judged. This judgment will fall, not only on the idolater, but also on his children, grand children, great grandchildren. and great-great grandchildren. Yes, that judgment will fall on a family to four generations. You see, sin does not only affect you. It affects your family and your yet unborn posterity. What a sober warning!!! Don't you ever flip off God with an impudent excuse, "Well, it's my life and I will do what I please. No one can tell me how to live my life!" If you live your life as you please, your children will suffer for it. That's God's solemn warning! Read it for yourself. Exodus 20:1-5.

Let me give you some Biblical examples of this curse that falls on children of disobedient fathers and mothers.

The Patriarch, Abraham, a man of great faith in God, had a propensity to deceit. He lied to someone about his wife being his sister. That was plain deceitfulness and that propensity was passed on to his son, Isaac, and to his grandson, Jacob, and to most of Jacob's sons. It brought much heart ache to his family for generations to come.

Eli, a priest of Israel was very lax in raising his children. As a result, his sons grew up to reject God and lived heathen lives until God allowed the Philistines to kill them both in battle. Eli died with them the same day.

King David, the man after God's own heart, the sweet Psalmist of Israel, in a moment of passion lusted after a beautiful woman, the wife of one of his loyal army officers. He committed adultery with her and then ordered her husband to the front of the battle where he was killed. Now he was free to marry Bathsheba. Now his sin was covered and hidden- or was it? Though he later confessed his sins and God forgave him; the consequence of that awful sin, plagued his children and their children for generations to come. Read the sordid stories of his immediate family from II Samuel 11 to the end of that book.

God wants to bless your family.
But there is a bright side to this picture. Exodus 20:5 promises God's mercy and blessing on your family for generations to come if you will love Him and put Him first in your life

Don't be discouraged.
Are you the son or daughter of a wicked father or mother? Don't be discouraged and depressed. I have good news for you. Read on.


May 24, 2006 - Posted by | Family Series

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