That’s Not Fair Pt. 3

February 6, 2014

As I’ve said before, there are many stories in the Bible that illustrate the principle I’ve been discussing. The principle is simply that the behavior of one impacts the lives of the many who are connected to the one. This connection can bring either undeserved blessing or undeserved judgment. Think David and Goliath. David defeated Goliath and thus Israel defeated the Philistines. Israel was blessed because of David’s actions. Also, consider the story at the end of the book of 2Samuel. David sinfully counts his troops and because of this, Israel faced God’s judgment. Because of David’s sin, 70,000 men died (2Sa 24:15).

Exodus 20:5-6, which is part of the Ten Commandments, says this: “You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” This again is the same principle. A father sins, and that sin is visited on his children down to the third and fourth generation. I think this principle at least partially explains why there are vast populations of the world that are perpetually spiritually darkened. Each generation of darkened people sets the course for the generations that follow.

We Americans don’t like this principle. We want to set our own course. We want to be free to do what we want. However, even in America we are faced with this same principle. We elect leaders who make decisions for us. Their decisions impact our lives, often in very negative ways.

Tomorrow, I’ll finish this discussion.

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One Response to “That’s Not Fair Pt. 3”

  1. phfs9 Says:

    Not what I thought was going to be discussed in Pt 3 but still good reading. Now – Pt 4.


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