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Robin Carter - Bird's NestHave you ever experienced a bad situation in your life or family that tends to repeat itself? Ever wonder why this thing continues to re-occur? Truth is we sometimes allow trends to pass through our homes and churches blaming every sin or problem on a “generational curse.” God has warned to visit iniquity on future generations as this is part of the New Testament Law. This “curse” was placed upon a certain nation (Israel) for a specific sin (idolatry).

In the Book of Judges it provided the history record of this divine punishment meted out. In Exodus 20:15; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9), the Bible mentions “generational curses” several times. God is a jealous God and will punish the children for the sin of their fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Him. One may ponder asking themselves, is this fair for God to do this? But it’s bigger than that. Certain sins are naturally passed down from generation to generation, but when and where does it stop? If a father or mother, for that matter has a sinful lifestyle the children are likely to practice the same sinful lifestyles.

You may have heard someone in your past time make a statement such as, “He’s going to be just like his father.” Though this is not a healthy thing to say to a child or even an adult, but if the truth is to be told, some things really are passed down to our children. Some of these things are good, some may be “not so good.” The Book of Exodus tells us that our children will choose to repeat the sins of their fathers, thus a Jewish statement specifies that this passage refers to “ungodly fathers” and rebellious children. So it is not unjust for God to punish sin to the third and fourth generation if those generations are committing the same sins as their ancestors did. However, the cure for a “generational curse” has and always will be repentance.

The Children of Israel were serving idol gods such as “the golden calf” and other images which God ordered them to burn, but when they turned from idols to serving only the “Living God” the curse was broken and God saved them (Judges 3:9; 1 Samuel 12:10-11). People sometimes worship nature, money, mankind, power, history, or social and political systems instead of God who created them all. When the society around us turns away from God to idols, it is an idolatrous society and therefore is heading for destruction. Now, for those of you who believe to have or perhaps worried about a “generational curse, my advice to you would be to seek salvation through Jesus Christ. Don’t attempt to build a “golden calf” when you can have God’s milk and honey for free.