The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
Does God issue any commands?
- God commanded that the proverb be not used in Israel ever again. Each person would be responsible for his own sin!
- God told each person to repent from transgressions so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away all transgressions and make a new heart. God said He has no pleasure in the death of him that dies.
Does God make any promises?
- The penalty of sin is not transferable from father to son. The soul that sins is the one that dies.
- The man that obeyed the law of the LORD would surely live.
- If the wicked repent of his sins that he committed he shall surely live. His transgressions shall never be mentioned again!
- If the righteous were to turn away from his righteousness he shall surely die. His righteous deeds will not be mentioned again!
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- No man is righteous, no not one (Psalm 14:1; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10). All are altogether unclean and in their sins they will die unless One does take their sins for them. The sins of one person are not transferable to another sinful person so no man can take the place of another, but the sins of a sinful person are transferable to a sinless person. The only sinless Person is Jesus. The system of sacrifices was the picture of this as the book of Hebrews teaches. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. (I Timothy 2:5)
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- This chapter is a reminder that there is coming a day for each person to stand before God and be judged as to whether or not that person turned from their sins and trusted Christ as their substitute. Each person stands alone. There is no earthly intermediary.