by Rev Joel Yong
If a man is righteous and does what is just and right— if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity, does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man, walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord God. If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife, oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself. Now suppose this man fathers a son who sees all the sins that his father has done; he sees, and does not do likewise: he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, withholds his hand from iniquity, takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live.
Interesting. The way we live is not a necessary determiner for how our kids will live.
We presume that a good example set by parents will make it more likely for kids to follow suit. But that is not necessarily the case.
We presume a bad example set by parents will make it harder for kids to learn the right habits. But that is not necessarily the case.
In the Chronicles of kings in the Bible- we learn that good kings can father good/bad sons and bad kings can father good/bad sons!
There is hope for those who come from bad ancestral lines!
For those who come from righteous ancestral lines – they should not take it for granted either and strive to be faithful themselves!
God makes it clear here that He holds us each accountable for what we personally do.
May we walk faithfully and do what is right by God all our days … for we are all accountable for what we do.