When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, I was told by many that it was a generational curse that was upon me. Letting me believe that the sins of my father and my father’s father, rested on me. My spirit rebelled against these words spoken over me.
But where did this thought of generational curses start. Well, for starters, in the garden of Eden when God punished Adam and Eve for their sins. However, we also take note of this cursing when God gave Moses the ten commandments saying, that if we bow down to idols that He will curse the people doing so, to the third and fourth generation (please see Exodus 20). This, however, was reiterated by Moses, saying, “keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation” (Exodus 34:7, KJV).
We read in Ezekiel 18 that God proclaimed that there will be no more generational curses. God asked Ezekiel in verse 2, “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?” God knew that He will be sending His son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins and gave this Prophecy to Ezekiel: (3)- “As I live, saith the Lord God , ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel” (verse 3). We discover the same words, in Jeremiah 31:29-30 (KJV), who prophesied these things many years before Ezekiel. We read: “in those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.” God considers all of us His sons and daughters, but warns us that if we continue in sin, that “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (verse 4).
What, then, does God consider to be a righteous person? What is the characteristics of such a person? Well, this person follow God’s laws and do what is right. This person doesn’t worship idols, and focus their attention on God, in all things. They don’t have adulterous relationships with another person (watch out for their thoughts also). They show mercy to a person who couldn’t pay them back. This person abhors violence, and gives freely food and clothes, even though they themselves don’t have much (and I want to add that they don’t advertise their good deeds). Fairness in dealing with others, by not enriching themselves out of others misery. Seeking true justice in this world with fairness to both parties involved. A righteous person follow God’s laws with a love in his/her heart and loves God and his neighbour as the Word dictates to us, and will be known by the living waters flowing through them (verse 5-9).
But say a person’s son or daughter becomes unrighteous in God’s eyes, even when they see how they’re suppose to live? Meaning, the father and mother set an example to live, but the children does not follow the ordinances. The question is asked: “shall he [or she] then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him” (verse 13).
But the opposite is also true, that if a son/daughter sees their father’s sins, and find that he/she doesn’t want to live that kind of life and have a heart after God, they “shall not die for the iniquity of his [their] father, he shall surely live” (verse 17). However, in verse 18, we read, “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.” Jesus was asked before healing the blind man, who sinned, he (the blind man) or his parents, for he was born blind. I love Jesus’ answer, “neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him[sic] that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:3-5 KJV).
We have a forgiving God, who wants to forgive us our transgressions. God promises in verses 21 and 22: “But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.”
But to those who have lived righteously, and turned away from Him, God warned that, “all his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die” (verse 24). Therefore, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters who are falling away, so that they can turn back to the Lord, before it is too late.
God is a fair and righteous God, who judges fairly and will no longer remember our sins. For we learn in Hebrews 10: 16-17 (KJV) that, a new covenant was formed when Jesus died for our sins: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them: and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
God doesn’t take pleasure “that the wicked should die” (23). Yet, God is said to be unjust, by those who do not understand His ways. Whenever you speak to someone who don’t believe in God and you tell them about the upcoming judgement, they say that He is cruel and unfair. But I say to you, that you are mistaken. If someone burgled you or murdered a loved one, do you not demand justice? The same way, justice must be served when sinning against God.
How will God then judge us. God tells us in verse 30, “...I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways… Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31-Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32-For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God : wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”
My prayer for you today is that you will turn back to God, repent from your sins and know that He is a forgiving Father. #GodCanDoThis
My main discussion today is Ezekiel 18 and I only referenced the verses. To read the full text, you can find it in: