Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinners, it shall die. The son shall not
bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall thee father bear the
iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon
him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
The Old Testament Scripture often begins with ancestral history. The
purpose of the ancestry was to establish time lines, substantiate
historical accuracy, confirm prophecy, to demonstrate how
detail-oriented God is and to learn about various people, their lives
and characteristics. Oftentimes, what happened in one generation
occurred in the next generation.
When we were growing up if you wanted to play with someone new on the
block or neighborhood, your parents would ask, “Who are their parents,
Who are their people, where did they come from?” All these questions
were asked with the hope of knowing the child’s upbringing, character
traits etc. because knowing this would help you in deciding if you
would allow your child to play or associate with this child.
In marriage it is very important to know your spouses history, not so
you don’t associate with them but so you know what you may or may not
have to deal with. If you’ve ever watched House Hunters, you’ve seen
beautiful homes built on oceans with great potential for floods and
hurricane. Knowing the potential for disaster, didn’t discourage the
builder from building, usually the builder reinforces the structure
and builds the home on stilts, so that the house sits above the flood
potential. Likewise, if you know your family history, you can build
your house with reinforcement above the flood waters. The sins of your
ancestors (divorce, infidelity, mental illness, sickness, poverty
etc.) don’t have to continue to wash away your generation. Now That’s a Word!