Pastor Tim Romero

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Ezekiel 18:1-4

Ezekiel 18:1–4 (ESV): "The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'? 3 As I live, declares the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4 Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die."

Mankind is prone to blame-shifting. That was the scene in the Garden with Adam and Eve and that continues today. God says, stop it! Every person is accountable to Him for their actions.

The Lord tells Ezekiel to command the people of Israel to cease repeating this false saying of the day, "'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?" It was indicating that judgment for the sin of the father was unfairly passed down upon the children. The children were not taking responsibility for their actions. God judges fairly and justly. Thus this proverb is a lie.

G. Cambell Morgan comments, "Men are still using this proverb, and so using it as to show that they think the saying is true. As a matter of fact, no saying more false was ever coined. It is based upon a one-sided philosophy of heredity. The proverb is at once an attempt to escape from responsibility for sin; and a protest against punishment." Take responsibility for your sin Christian, don't blame anyone else. Own up to it and ask the Lord for forgiveness. He is proven to be merciful and forgiving to those who come to Him repentantly. Amen?

Father, we thank You for speaking the truth to us always. You are faithful to correct our bad theology! May we take ownership for our failures and never seek to blame another. Lead us into the arms of the Savior we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
Ezekiel 18:23
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