Friday, July 31, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 31 July 2020

Sour Grapes

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 18:2)

Today’s Morsel:  When I was a kid in elementary school, we would sell candy and gum to raise money for school projects.  One of the gums I sold was called sour Grapes.  It looked like a purple grape, but it was sour when you bit into it.   Ezekiel was asked what today's proverb meant.  It refers simply to these questions:  How far can the moral evil of the parent be extended to his offspring?  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?  But God said to Ezekiel, “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. 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.(Ezekiel 18:3-4)  God said now everyone would be responsible for their own sin.  Friend, before you decide you want to taste sin, know this, it is a bitter pill to swallow and a grape too sour to be eaten.

Sing: I just came to praise the Lord.  I just came to praise the Lord.  I just came to praise His holy name; I just came to praise the Lord.

Thought For Today: Leave off sin before it be meddled with!

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