You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
19 God ['elowahh] layeth up [tsaphan] his iniquity ['aven] for
his children [ben]: he rewardeth [shalam] him, and he shall know [yada`] it. KJV-Interlinear
19 'You say, 'God stores away a
man's iniquity for his sons.' Let God
repay him so that he may know it. NASB
Jobs friends have made further suggestions that Jobs
children were punished, because of Jobs sins.
But here Job rejects this concept that God reserves punishment from
wicked people in order to punish their descendants.
Here the argument of Jobs friends runs into
trouble. If, in their opinion, God
demonstrates punishment for the wealthy wicked by punishing him in his current
life, then his descendants should have no punishment left over to apply to
And if the future descendants are removed, then they
are not around to be punished anyway.
This implies that the wicked might have only one generation to follow
him, if even that.
But in Exodus, we know that the generations of the
wicked can continue to even the fourth generation before they are finally cut
off from the world.
5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the
Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the
children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, NASB
It is natural to suppose that children brought up
without the teaching of God will walk in the sight of their own eyes, and
according to the imaginations of their own hearts.
But each of those generations are condemned by their
own thoughts and actions in life, not because of the sins of their ancestors.
When a family line is cut off, it is because of one of
two things. Either they have been continually
wicked for an extended number of generations, or because it was simply in Gods
plan to remove them, for whatever reasons, that we could not know.
The same applies to nations. When an entire nation is corrupt for a series
of generations, it faces removal from the world. This will eventually occur in the
Tribulation. Which implies that in the
latter part of the Church Age, the positive spiritual status of the world will
be at an all time low. This does not
mean fewer Christians, only fewer spiritually positive people.
Since none of us can know the soul of a single
individual, then we certainly cannot know the status of the collective souls of
But Job suggests that God does not ration out
punishment. God is not arbitrary. God does not take discipline or punishment on
the children for the crimes of the parent, or visa-versa.
Each person stands on his own two feet when dealing
with God. And God weighs only the
evidence which applies to you, against you, and not on someone else.
Likewise, in the spiritual life, we can apply this
same principle. When you commit a sin,
you are immediately out of fellowship.
When you confess that sin, then it is forgiven and forgotten and you are
immediately placed back into fellowship.
God deals with that sin once in confession, and then
it is obliterated, forgotten, expunged forever.
Your sins of the past are not remembered and then used against you when
it is convenient for God to catch you off guard.
If however you live a pattern of life which is
consistently out of fellowship, then you can expect some rough road ahead of
you simply because of your chosen pattern of life.
But remember what we are studying. There is no
established set of rules with which we can know who, what, when, where, or why God
will deal with us. We each have a plan
specifically designed for us. And that
plan which God set out for us, takes into account our entire life, not just
this week and next week, but this decade and next decade and the next and so
You can be a jerk for decades and then finally get it
together when you are sixty. But don'
test God. You may die young and never
see old age.
Job has rejected the arguments of his friends. Anyone can be naughty or nice and go to his
grave in whatever spiritual state that his soul is in at the time. Anyone can be naughty or nice and experience
suffering in life, and that suffering may or may not be related to your
Whether you have children or not, is irrelevant. Your sins are not transferred to them, and
their sins are not transferred to you.
Of course, you may be impacted by their lifestyle and the repercussions
of their decisions, but that is a social relationship or association issue, not
a sin issue. Society may hate you
because your child robbed a bank, even though you did nothing.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.