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Re: Verse reading–Ezekiel 20:1-32 (day seven) 
“Will you judge them, son of Man? Then confront them with the detestable practices of their fathers.” (v 4)  It is confusing.  In Ezekiel 18 we learned that personal responsibility is what matters.  The choices of our fathers do not determine who we are with God.  In Ezekiel 20 the Lord speaks of the “detestable practices of the fathers” as if these past mistakes have current relevance.  Which is it?  Both, actually!  History exercises a significant influence on our lives.  Unless/until  we choose to change/break those patterns (and this by the grace of God) we are destined to repeat and perpetuate past patterns.  Without repentance, examples and experiences from the past will control the present.  “Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your fathers. . .(and then expect that) I will be inquired of by you?” (v 30-31)  It is not the past that breaks my relationship with God.  It is the present pattern of continued sin.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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