2 Kings 14: We Are Responsible for Our Own Decisions
We meet one of the minor prophets today in 2 Kings 14.
2Ki 14:25 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.
That isn’t really what I wanted to talk about today, but I thought it was a fun fact. I believe that he is the first of the minor prophets mentioned, but I could be wrong.
Anyway, here are a few verses that I want to talk a little bit more about with you today.
2Ki 14:5 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father.
2Ki 14:6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
We have all heard of guilt by association. Sometimes, you hang out with some people who do bad things, and everyone assumes that you did them as well. The Bible apparently warns against that in these passages.
Everyone is responsible for his or her own sins. It doesn’t matter who your parents were or who your children are. It doesn’t really matter what they did. You are responsible for your own decisions.
This is very similar to salvation. We can’t be saved by our parents or our neighbor or our pastor. It is strictly a personal relationship with Jesus that brings that about.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.