“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:15-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: The visiting of iniquity in Exodus 20:5 is not bad news but good news.
In our previous studies, we began investigating Exodus 20:5 where the misconception of that verse lies in the misunderstanding of the phrase “visiting the iniquity”. And we saw that this phrase is the Hebrew word “paqad” and from careful examination of this word, we came to see that this word is not a negative word. So what God actually meant in Exodus 20:5 was that “I will take care of it” and not that he was going to punish innocent children for the iniquity of their fathers. Now, Ezekiel also spoke about the sins of the fathers in relation to the children in Ezekiel 18, it reads “What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God. If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife, Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment. That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity. Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.” (Ezekiel 18:2-19). Observe Ezekiel’s words in the above texts:
- Verse 4: “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die…”
- Verse 5: “if a man be just, and do what is lawful and right”.
- Verse 9: “…he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God…”
In other words, God does not visit the sin of the fathers upon their children. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t exalt experiences above the written word.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: A text of scripture when properly interpreted equals revelation knowledge.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: EZEKIEL CHAPTER 18