Perhaps the most common rationale this generation employs for their wrong actions and ungodly attitudes is that their parents were too __________ (choose one or more: selfish, indulgent, violent, passive, bitter, nice, religious, atheistic, hypocritical, sincere). In other words, this generation would be righteous were it not for their parents. The Word of God, however, rejects this argument.
God's Word says that each generation is fully responsible for the choices they make.
Each generation must take responsibility for its own sin and is judged for its own sin. Ezekiel faithfully records the truth, "The soul who sins shall die" (Ez. 18:4). A number of truths become immediately clear:
Each man will stand before God, not based on how his life began, but on how his life ended; not based on the righteousness or wickedness of the previous generation, but on the righteousness or wickedness of his own generation. No excuses will be accepted; blaming parents for personal wickedness will not fool the God who sees the innermost being and knows the secrets of the heart.
Henry Blackaby stated at a conference in Kenya in 1994, "My life is the result of choices that I make." Therefore, every man standing before God will be responsible for his own sin.
Both visuals and stories possess the potential to communicate truths powerfully. Ezekiel utilizes both. What truths does he communicate through the story of the two eagles?
Who do the two lions in Ezekiel 19:1-9 refer to?
How does Ezekiel use the analogy of the vine (19:10-14)? What has Israel's destruction cost her?
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