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August 22 - Morning

"The word of the Lord came to me:

'What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:

“The parents eat sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge?

As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child — both alike belong to me.
The one who sins is the one who will die.'

- Ezekiel 18:1-4

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
A Catchy, Popular Proverb that was False    

Ezekiel corrects a false understanding of God and his justice system that was embraced by the Jewish exiles in Babylon and supported by a catchy, but twisted proverb. The Jewish captives held to the worldview that God would punish the children and the grandchildren for the wickedness of their parents and their grandparents. This false view, which is called transgenerational accountability, was summed up in this erroneous proverb:

        “The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” - Ezekiel 18:2

In this proverb the parents commit the action of eating grapes, but it is the children who experience the bitterness of the grape. The parents commit the action, but the children experience the result. The point was that the Babylonian captives had been punished because of their parents? sins, but the captives themselves were innocent victims. Jeremiah saw the day when people would realize they are responsible for their own fate when he spoke in Jeremiah 31:

“In those days people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ ” - Jeremiah 31:29

The exiles found comfort in their false doctrine of fatalism. Their inability to alter the cosmic events was confirmed by their hopeless situation.

Indeed, Ezekiel and Jeremiah were not ignoring the fact that children tend to behave as their parents. (This truth is presented in Ezekiel 16:44; Exodus 34:6-7; Deut. 5:9) But, a child behaving like their parents is not the same thing as the children being punished for their parent’s behavior. In fact, the children are being punished for behaving like their parents.

A man has the freedom to respond to his world and his God differently than his parents.
Ezekiel gives three illustrations of a children making their own decisions that determine their
own fate in Ezekiel 18:5-18.

The Jewish captives were not innocently suffering for the sins of their parents, but were suffering the results of their own choices and lifestyle. This generation of exiles in Babylon needed to repent of their own sins. This repentance needed to begin with a correction of their own false views of God.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“If you will here stop, and ask yourselves, why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you, that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly
intended it.”

– William Law in his book
“A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life”
written in 1728
(Read the book here;
details on William Law here.)

Something to Ponder??
Ten major things happen personally to every believer through the Holy Spirit:
1. Indwelling – The Holy Spirit lives in every believer
(John 7:37-39; Acts 11:16-17; Romans 5:5; This indwelling is permanent and eternal.
2. Sealing – A seal is placed on every believer indicating two things: God’s ownership and a guarantee of the ultimate salvation
(2 Corinthians 1:22;
Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)
3. Baptizing – Baptism by the Spirit refers to the work of the Spirit in baptizing us into Christ or into the body of Christ at the point of our salvation, and it is never repeated (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4, 5).
4. Gifting – Each believer is given one or more gifts at the point of their new birth. These are spiritual gifts or supernatural endowments in addition to our natural talents (1 Corinthians 12; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-8;
Ephesians 4:11-13).
5. Filling – The filling of the Spirit requires the believer to be obedient, walk in the light.
6. Teaching – The Spirit is in the believer to reveal truth and teach them (John 14:26).
7. Leading – Leading the believer in truth and God’s plan (Jn.16:13; Rom 8:14).
8. Assuring – The Spirit will testify to you that you are a believer and a child of God (Rom. 8:16; 1 Jn 5:6-10).
9. Praying – The Spirit, along with Jesus, prays for us (Rom. 8:26; Eph. 6:18).
10. Sanctifying – Sanctify means to set apart. The Holy
Spirit sets us apart as God’s possession and for God’s purposes (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11).
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Yayin (Hb) - wine (Eng) - The Hebrew word yayin means “wine” which refers to a drink from naturally fermented grapes. Yayin is a fermented drink capable of causing intoxication if used in excess. The drinking of yayin was part of the celebration in Jerusalem by Israel assigned by the Lord.
Deuteronomy 14:26
Exodus 29:40

    A pool in ancient Samaria is likely the pool where Ahab’s blood was washed out of
    his chariot as recorded
    in 1 Kings 22:37-38.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will not accept quotes as statements of truth simply because they are catchy, clever or cute.
I will test popular slogans by comparing them to the truth and reality.
  "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive
it far from him."

- Proverbs 22:15
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
2 Kings 6 Esther 3 (474 BC) Jeremiah 46-47
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An outpouring of the Holy Spirit


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Palm trees on the shore of the Dead Sea.

Details on a map of Paul's possible travels to Spain in the "far-west" during the years 62-68 AD as he alluded to in Romans 15:24, 28 and recorded by Eusibius which is in agreement with Clement and the Muratorian Canon.

Details on a map of Paul's possible travels to Spain in the
"far-west" during the years 62-68 AD as he alluded to in Romans 15:24, 28 and recorded by Eusibius which is in agreement with Clement and the Muratorian Canon.

Palm trees on the shore of the Dead Sea.
(Details and photos of the Dead Sea here.)
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