Commandments 4

This post is Day 4 in a series of studies about “Commandments”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

Feel free to comment below with your own thoughts about each verse and how you will be acting on each thought. Also, if you haven’t yet signed up to receive the notifications of new studies, you can do that today. (The form is at the bottom of the page).

Commandments – Day 4

Exodus 20:5-6

I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

The Thought

The continuation of the second commandment gives us the reason we should not serve other gods. It is in order to protect our children! Which normal parent today would not go a long way to protect their children?

God does not enjoy seeing anyone suffer. He does not want our children to be ill, deformed, or struggle in any way. He loves them and Jesus died for them long before they were born! This God, who never changes, does not want to punish our children for our sins. But He knows that most parents will go a long way to save their children from any form of suffering. We are made in His image, and feel the same. Jesus took every sickness and sin to the cross in order to save us and our offspring. His Father suffered on that day too!

Maybe you have the experience of a sickness that seems to go through several generations in a family. It is possibly (but not always) the result of a curse brought in by someone in a previous generation who disobeyed one of His commandments. The medical world will talk about certain sicknesses running through a family, but they usually don’t understand the spiritual side.

Jesus’ disciples knew that could happen, and questioned Jesus about a man born blind (John 9:1-3).


Read John 9 today and note how the “religious” people were trying to trap Jesus, and how the parents of the healed man were afraid of upsetting the religious leaders of their time. Ask yourself today if you dare to disagree with a church leader or teacher.

For a full list of online studies available on this site, please click here.

If there is a subject you would like to see on this site, please use the comment section below or drop us an email (there’s a link at the very top of the page). We can’t promise to cover them all, and our studies are usually prepared a month or two in advance, so please be patient.

For a full list of physical resources available through this site, please click here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *