“What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” Ezekiel 18:2
The above proverb was used by the children of Israel in order to give an excuse for their sins and their captivity. They were saying that, due to the sins of the fathers, they were also sinning. However, God is condemning this excuse as he condemns it today. This generation cannot blame the past generation for their sins but every man must bear his on sin. Galatians 5:5 says, “For every man shall bear his own burden.” Verse 7 then says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This is a true fact of life, and much so concerning the things of God.
When someone says something like, “I got that bad temper from my dad,” or “I know I swear a lot. I got that from my mother,” they are makinging excusing for their sin and blaming it on their parents. They are doing like the children of Israel did when they said that their fathers ate sour grapes and set the teeth of the sons on edge. It is true that we do inherit some traits and even carry some genetic disorders from the past generations. In Exodus 34 6 we read of this account. “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” The Lord is telling Moses that things can be passed down to the third and fourth generation due to the sins of the fathers. However, we are still responsible for what we do today. We may have inherited some traits, but Christ will judge us as to how we deal with these traits, “for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10b