Our Sins Can Affect Generations and Nations - BLISS & FIRE NETWORK WEEKLY DIGEST - JANUARY 21, 2014
Posted: Jan 21, 08:49 PM
Author: Pastor Wales Goriola
Our Sins Can Affect Generations and Nations
"And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us.” –1 Samuel 8:3-5
Sin is the art of being disobedient to God’s will, violating the will of God, and one’s rejection of God’s ways to live their own way. Sin is also the instrument of the Devil to lure mankind away from the purpose of God for their lives. Though one person can commit sin—but many may suffer the consequence of the sin committed. When a king committed sin, the whole nation suffered the consequence of the king’s sins or actions.
When we examine the lives of the people of old in the Holy Scriptures, we can see that the result of sin committed by one generation affected their generation and the next generation.
The story of Eli the high priest, how his children ignored the ways of the Lord and chose to dwell in sins, by taking bribes, and committing all sorts of immoral acts in the house of the Lord. And Eli their father could not correct them in time or control their sinful acts until it was too late.
“Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord." -1 Samuel 2:12 (1 Samuel 2:22-25)
For this reason the Lord punished Eli and the nation and totally cut off Eli’s priesthood family from the tribes of Israel.
The Bible says, "Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house forever." -1 Samuel 2:31-32
Samuel, highly anointed priest before the Lord, also was so preoccupied with his ministries and neglected to properly oversee the spiritual upbringing of his own children—just like many us, men and women of God, in our own generation. His sons, Joel, and Abiah were judges in Beersheba, but the people of Israel later gathered to Samuel to reject his son’s leadership because of the corruption and the allegation that his sons had been turned aside after lucre (money), and took bribes, and perverted judgment in Israel. (1 Samuel 8:3-5) The Israelites used this opportunity too, to ask for a king of their own, like other nations around them—by so doing rejecting Samuel and likewise rejecting God as their leader.
"And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them." -1 Samuel 8:7
Now the people had sinned by rejecting the Lord. Likewise, the sons of Samuel sinned onto the Lord in their unrighteous and perverted ways. The Israelites did not wait for the will of God concerning their own king at the appointed time of the God.
The Bible says, "When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother." - Deuteronomy 17:14-15
The consequences of their sins affected their generation and the generations to come.
The sin of Achan was another transgression that brought the wrath of God in punishment to the people of Israel and their generation. The men of Israel died in battle against the Ai, they were smote by the swords of the men of Ai—because Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, has sinned against God. He took of the accursed thing and caused the wrath of God to be against the people of Israel. (Joshua 7:7-11)
"But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel." - Joshua 7:1 (Joshua 7:7-11)
King Saul, in his own way, disobeyed God’s word through Samuel and the Lord God rejected him and his household to rule over Israel. (1 Samuel 15:8-9, 22-23). King Saul’s sin cost him the throne of Israel, his sons and the unborn children lost their inheritance to the throne—his sin affected his generation, his nation, and the generation to come.
David was loved by God, honored and blessed by the Lord God, but he sinned and, likewise, the consequence of his sin affected his family and the nation. The people of Israel died on the account of the sin committed by King David onto the Lord. (2 Samuel 12:1-11) Even though God forgive him because his genuine, openly repentance of his sin—he still faced the consequence of the sin and the people also faced it. Hence, God spared his life and his kingship.
On and on it goes, if we can continue to list what sin and disobedience can do in the lives of the people, the nation, and generations.
Even though it was Adam and Eve who sinned in the beginning, mankind is still passing through the consequence of their sin that has separated mankind from God. The Bible called this a Spiritual death. But we thank God for the Redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ that takes away the sin of the world. Now is the time for the people (world) accept this salvation and to hold onto the Redemption Power, Grace, and Mercy through Christ Jesus.
Finally this week, in whatever we are doing we should always see to the spiritual wellbeing of our children (offspring) and family. They are the generation that we will leave behind when we have finished our race on earth. It’s our responsibility to bring them up in the way of the Lord. We should be ready to lead our children right and also be a good role model for them to follow. Let us be prayerful for our children, our generation, and our nation. Amen.
Remember the Bible says, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." - Ephesians 6:1-4
We are praying for you,
It's our JOY to see you blessed!
Pastor Wales Goriola
Bliss & Fire Network Team
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