I was reading the book of Numbers recently and came across the passage describing Korah's rebellion (Numbers 16). Concurrently, I was reading some of the Psalms attributed to the "Sons of Korah". I found the difference in attitude toward God between generations of the same family, to be quite stark.
Korah (Numbers 16) was clearly in rebellion not only against Moses and Aaron but also against God who had appointed them to those leadership positions. Yet the Psalms were written by the Sons of Korah (eg Ps 42, 44, 45, 46 etc), all declare the glory and lordship of God over all creation and in particular the nation of Israel.
This caused me to reflect that each generation can choose how they will live their life. They are not bound by the beliefs, attitudes or sins of their forebears, but have the opportunity to decide for themselves their path in life. Of course, we are all influenced by our parents and family systems, but we are not bound by them. We all can choose to either do things our way, or perhaps the way it has always been done in our family, or we can choose to do things differently. This applies to both good choices and poor choices.
I think Joshua summed up the situation well. Near the end of his life, after he had led the Israelites to victory in their conquest of Canaan, he gave a speech of encouragement where he re-committed himself and his family to follow the ways of God, recognising that others may choose differently.
Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV) reads:
"14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshipped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
What will you choose *|FNAME|*? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Posted on Fri, September 27, 2019
by Liberty Office filed under