Make Certain You've Got This Right!
This term makes reference to the statement by God through Moses to Israel in Exodus 20:5, "...Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation..." Usually, this is the only part of the scripture quoted. From this comes a teaching that the tendency of our parents, ourselves or our children could be the result of a curse handed down as a result of the evil of one of our ancestors.
Once this idea has been established as a foundation of their teaching, then each adherent has various remedies for what is needed to break this generational curse and set free the one held captive by it.
Let's look more carefully at what the Bible teaches about this subject.
Exodus 20:6 KJV And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
The Generational Curse does not apply To You if you love God!
Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. "
Have I got good news for You! The generational curse only applied to the third and fourth generations of those who hate God! So if you do not hate God then you have nothing to fear from what your ancestors might have done during the past three or four generations.
(Exo 20:6) "And shewing mercy unto thousands [of generations] of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
On the other hand, if you love God, then I have really exciting news for you. The generational blessing applies to you for thousands of generations. You undoubtedly have untold blessings in store for you from ancient godly ancestors if you will just open your heart to receive them... with nothing to fear from any past "scoundrels" in your family!
God got it Straight With Israel what it meant, "The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children?s teeth are set on edge?"
Israel used this proverb to teach their children that God was visiting on them the iniquityof their ancestors. They believed that bad things were happening to them just because they were descendents of some evil ancestor. God corrected them concerning Exodus 20:5.
God teaches them that he does not visit bad things on good people from their bad ancestors. Bad ancestor "stuff" comes on only bad people who hate God. Good ancestor "stuff" comes on good people who love God. You have nothing to fear, God never gets this mixed up.
"As I live, saith the Lord God, Ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel." Ezekiel 18:3
(Ezekiel 18:4) "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." (5) But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right...(6) 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, (7) 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; (8) 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, (9) Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.
(10) If he [ the godly man ] beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, (11) And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, (12) 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, (13) 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.
(14) 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?(17) he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.
"The son shall not bear the iniquity
of the father..."
(Eze 18:20) "The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous (ancestor) shall be upon him (righteous), and the wickedness of the wicked (ancestor) shall be upon him (wicked)."
(26) "...for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. (27) Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness..." (28) Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions? he shall surely live. (29)"...O house of Israel, are not my ways equal [just]? (32) For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye."
As a believer, through your acceptance of Jesus, you have gone on record that you love God. (John 16:27 ) "Forthe Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and believed that I came out from God."
The blessings of the godly from thousands of generations are coming upon you. Although you may have seen manifestations of evil attack you or members of your family, if you and they have accepted Jesus and "believed that He came out from God," then you can begin using your faith in all of the promises of God which, as you confess and act upon them, result in "exceeding great and precious promises" (II Peter 1:4) coming to pass for you and your family.
"Whom the Son hath made free is free indeed!" John 8:36
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