Morning Devotion: The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Let’s take a moment to discuss the liability a father or a mother has toward their children. We all have the opportunity to teach our families whether by word or by example.

If our example matches our word, it becomes very powerful in the eyes, mind and works of our children. If our word does not match our actions, it become a very powerful tool as well.

If you are a person who gives your energy to the god of sports, your children will normally follow the god of sports. If you make sports more important than God your children will make the same decisions. We can apply that to anything. Take alcohol or drugs or porn, hunting, camping, extracurricular activities that take one from church, or religion rather than Christ, or money, or work; normally the children will follow.

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Your example follows in your family. Let’s see that in action. Paul and Silas were arrested for preaching God’s word. They were thrown in prison.

Acts 16:25  ¶And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27  And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

The warden of the prison was told that when he chooses Christ, his family will follow. He obviously had great influence on his family because they all got saved. They all heard the word and were saved.

When it comes to false god’s and false religions, your family will normally follow you.

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

In our text we find God visiting the iniquity of the false gods upon the generations of each family that followed. The question then is this; is what you are believing right? Is what you are teaching your children, grandchildren and others, whether by example or word, right with God and the word of God? Will your children know the God of heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ? Or, will they be as the end of verse five, will they hate the Lord?

If you love your stuff more than God you are teaching your family such. If you love money, work, and any vice of the world, you are teaching your children to follow. You are the example.

I once heard of a man who trusted Christ. This man was very involved in money making and was a heavy drinker. His boys grew up and became well to do and also embraced the same alcohol. The boys died of alcoholism, one by a drunken accident the other by alcohol poisoning. After the man received Christ, he went to their graves and cried to God for forgiveness for leading His children the wrong way.  My friend, that did not help the boys, they were lost and dead by their father’s example. God visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children.

I hope your God is the God of heaven. I hope you are giving your family something that will be good for all eternity.

Trusting the Lord makes that visit of iniquity null because Christ paid for those sins with His precious blood. It is never too late to start teaching right.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook