Ezekiel 18New International Version (NIV): The One Who Sins Will Die

 I think this is one of the passages that one really needs to read the whole passage to get the point.  Yes, the title is frightening, but don’t forget that Jesus came 🙂
But I also think the point of the passage is that we are responsible for only our own selves.  There are no grandchildren in Heaven (as the saying goes).
We must, each one of us, find our way to the Lord.
For each of us will either receive Christ’s Mercy or God’s Justice.  It’s up to us, but we each have to choose 🙂
Ezekiel 18

18 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:

“‘The parents eat sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?

“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.

“Suppose there is a righteous man
    who does what is just and right.
He does not eat at the mountain shrines
    or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife
    or have sexual relations with a woman during her period.
He does not oppress anyone,
    but returns what he took in pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery
    but gives his food to the hungry
    and provides clothing for the naked.
He does not lend to them at interest
    or take a profit from them.
He withholds his hand from doing wrong
    and judges fairly between two parties.
He follows my decrees
    and faithfully keeps my laws.
That man is righteous;
    he will surely live,
declares the Sovereign Lord.

10 “Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things[a] 11 (though the father has done none of them):

“He eats at the mountain shrines.
He defiles his neighbor’s wife.
12 He oppresses the poor and needy.
He commits robbery.
He does not return what he took in pledge.
He looks to the idols.
He does detestable things.
13 He lends at interest and takes a profit.

Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.

14 “But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:

15 “He does not eat at the mountain shrines
    or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife.
16 He does not oppress anyone
    or require a pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery
    but gives his food to the hungry
    and provides clothing for the naked.
17 He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor
    and takes no interest or profit from them.
He keeps my laws and follows my decrees.

He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live. 18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.

19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. 20 The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. 22 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

24 “But if a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.

25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27 But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life. 28 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die. 29 Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?

30 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

Author: Theresa

ABOUT THERESA Happily married to Bill for over 30 years and Mom of two amazing children. Co-Founder and Past Director of Moms For Ohio, Theresa led the passage of legislation for the Ohio, and one of America's first license plates that says "One Nation Under God", in honor of God's place in our country and our country's history. One of the only known specialty license plate efforts that raised absolutely NO money for any group or individual, the license plate effort was simply about doing what Americans have always done best, standing up for what is right. Theresa has also testified before numerous House & Senate Committees in support of pro-family legislation including a bill to require all Ohio public schools to post donated copies of posters that say "With God All Things Are Possible" and "In God We Trust" in Ohio schools. Thousands of posters have since been donated to schools across Ohio. Partial List of Efforts Supported By Members of Moms For Ohio: One Nation Under God Specialty License Plate, first in the country, only one not to raise money for a cause or group “In God We Trust” & “With God All Things Are Possible” posters in Ohio schools School Choice For Inner City & Failing Schools Jessica’s Law Community Defense Act Local Child Safety Laws Internet Safety Laws Local Economic Development Issues Support for Local & State Police Officers Smoke Free Ohio Free Public Records Seminars Free Media Relations Seminars Ohio Marriage Amendment A website with millions of hits which over 70 countries now visit Support & Endorsement of Local & State Candidates. The vast majority of which won their races. Public Service Awards Programs recognizing elected officials, teachers, non-profits and police officers for their service to state and local communities. National, state and local TV, radio and newspaper interviews supporting both God’s place in our country and in our country's history. Recognizing that there is good in all people and that God loves every single human being and calls on us to do the same, members of Moms for Ohio enjoyed working with families and legislators throughout the state, regardless of which side of the aisle they stood on, which religion, race, or walk of life they came from. A voice for families throughout the state, members of Moms for Ohio shared one common goal, a desire to give their children a life anchored by faith and family and lighted by their hopes and dreams for the future. And a willingness to work together to ensure that the traditions and values that built this great country, family, faith, and freedom, would live on for their children, and their childrens' children. No member of Moms for Ohio was ever paid. All were volunteers. FAVORITE QUOTES • "Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. That's where our hope is in this country, and that's where our hope is in life." -Chuck Colson "If we are not "One Nation Under God", we will be one nation gone under" -President Ronald Reagan "Favorite Quote: ""Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." -President Ronald Reagan