This is the second time Moses re-writes the ten commandments according to God’s instruction. The lesson from Exodus 34:6-7 covers the fact that sin can be passed along to children and through the generations.
So, we need to learn and watch our behavior – and lifestyle.
Bible Study Lessons from Exodus 34:6-7
In 40 days, Moses re-writes the 10 commandments after smashing the first tablets.
You’ll discover plenty of lessons in Exodus 34. But, the focus is on verses six and seven where we learn how sin can be passed down for generations.
Sin Is Passed Along to Our Children – Moses Re-Writes the Ten Commandments
“Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet
He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.’” – Exodus 34:6-7 NASB
Sins of Our Fathers
In verse seven, God mentions how the sins of the people pass down to the children to the third and fourth generations. Is it true that our sins will be passed down to our child and grandchild?
Passing Along Sin
It’s a given that things like drug abuse or molestation can affect a child for the rest of his or her life. There is no denying it.
But, let’s look at some not so obvious wrong doings like ..
- Being unkind to others
Do the Ten Commandments Include “Small Sins?”
Although we don’t always give these “small sins” a second thought, they can certainly pass right through to our grandchildren.
There is an old saying I once discovered which says:
“What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying.“
This statement rings true in a world of “Do what I say – not what I do.” So, the sins listed above and others are seen, and many times copied, by our children. And, they will in turn teach them to their children.
The 2nd Writing of the Ten Commandments
The study above is just one lesson taken from this Exodus passage as God lays out His commandments to Moses – for a second time.
He makes it very clear what we are supposed to do and how we can please Him.
Grace Vs. Works
As Christians, we are forgiven by grace, not by works. So, do the ten commandments apply to us?
Sure they do!
Even though Christ took on our sin we are still expected to strive to follow God’s commandments and work toward living a better life.
And remember, our children are watching!
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about Christ’s’ free gift to you, please take a moment to read John 3:16.