Wait.  Is God mean?!

I used to think this passage was mean.

Why would God punish me for my great grandpa’s extreme wickedness?

(Remember ..Nellie and Leonard McCoy)

But I kept hanging on to Jesus anyway, for some reason.

And then one day I was thinking:


The point is not the third and fourth generation.

The POINT is the thousands.


Then suddenly I was free to think 

of God’s huge-o goodness 

and great-heartedness.  

He overcomes evil with good.

Even if it’s very yucky wickedness, as in the case of Great-grandpa McCoy, who was the most evil person I have ever personally heard of in real life (not counting stories).

Even if the evil is very black indeed.
Even if it takes Him three or four generations to do it.

Good f-i-n-a-l-l-y overcomes evil with God

and it is finished.

No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God , your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:4‭-‬6 MSG


Published by strawberry0043

i am married to my best friend. I love Jesus more than life. I have an autoimmune disorder. I have joyfully born five children and been pregnant with seven. I have a disabled child. I have a mentally ill family member who abused my child and lied about it. I have one prodigal child who I may never see again.💚 I enjoy dealing with life as it is, not as it should be.💚 I have been unhappily and happily married to one man since 1995 (thank heaven!) I want to encourage💚 share hope in my world💚 Remind us and equip us to live in this difficult century. 💚June 2020

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