The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, 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? (Ezekiel 18:1-2)
Today's Morsel: When I was a kid, one of the fundraisers we did in school was selling candy and gum. Oftentimes, I chose to sell the gum that was called "sour grapes" because it was only a penny a piece. And in those days, most kids had more pennies than they did nickels or dimes which was what the candy often cost.
The Lord asked Ezekiel, "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?" You see, this proverb had already been spoken before by the prophet Jeremiah (See Jeremiah 31:29-30) Sour grapes are grapes that are not yet ripe. And when you bite into them, you are going to know it. But this proverb meant that the fathers had sinned against God and the children would be the ones to pay for it. But the subject is here is proposed in greater detail, with a variety of circumstances. It refers simply to these questions: How far can the moral evil of the parent be extended to his offspring? And are the faults and evil propensities of the parents not only transferred to the children, but punished in them? Do parents transfer their evil nature, and are their children punished for their offenses? These are some serious questions that we must ask ourselves. If we as parents are not careful in our conduct and actions that may be sinful, it can have severe repercussions upon our offspring.
Sing: Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I'll be a living, sanctuary for You.
Thought for Today: Someone has to break the sin curse. Let it be you.