A generational God
Family is the cornerstone of the church and the society. It is the place God blessed from the beginning to represent Him on earth, to be made in His likeness and to be fruitful and multiply and to have dominion on earth:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Adam and Eve where the first family to live on earth. Adams seed represented humanity, and the choices they made would impact every generation after them. It was Gods plan that through their union as a family, Adam and Eve would raise up generations that could fill the earth and subdue it, making it a place on earth as it is in heaven. Their children would learn from them and follow in their footsteps.
We all know that the choices Adam and Eve made to disobey God and obey the devil changed all of human history. Their seed represented humanity, and it had now been corrupted through their rebellion. From this moment on God began to work out His plan of salvation.
We read in the bible how every generation lives and impacts the outcome of the generation after them. Noach reighteousness saved his family from the flood. Sauls disobedience cut of his bloodline from the throne. Davids heart of love and worship brought blessing upon his bloodline, just to name a few examples.
If you read the bible with a generational mindset, you see that God constantly is working through families that search and love Him. The impact of our choices as parents is perfectly displayed in Deuteronomy 30, where Moses says the following:
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
What a choice Moses said before them! I believe parents today need to have a mindset like this when they make their choices in life. We need to understand that our choices will have an impact on the lives of the generations after us. Each generation has of course their own choice to make, and every person can become free based on their choice to follow Jesus. But their is a generational blessing available for our children that will only increase throughout the generations after us.
Society today is bearing the fruits of the choices our previous generations have made. In Sweden, we live in the blessing of peace and prosperity because generations before us have choses to build their lives upon the word of God. Our children will also grow up in the world we will leave them. We have the responsibility to leave them a better place then what we inherited. Lets make all effort in our lives to live for the blessing for the coming generations!
"And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”