Eating The Sour Grapes

Jeremiah 31:29-30

In those days they shall no longer say:

“‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

When I read these verses two words came into my head.  We’ll talk about that a little later in this piece.

In ancient times it was thought that the sins of the father, or the “eating of the sour grapes” as referred to in these verses, were paid for by their children and their succeeding generations.  When the Israelites we’re conquered and carried off to Babylon the children were paying for the sins of their fathers.  But many of those children were also eating the sour grapes.  Much like their fathers, the children continued the idolatry and worshiping of false gods.  They continued the abominations practiced by their parents.

In Chapter 31 Jeremiah is telling the Israelites that God will return them to their home and make a covenant with them, which I believe is Christ.

So what were the two words that I immediately thought of when reading Jeremiah 31:29-30?  They were, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

God is based on these two words.  Jeremiah is relaying this message to us.  We are responsible for our actions, and we will be the ones to suffer the consequences of our actions, no one else.

 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

There are consequences, reactions, for every action that we take in our lives.  You are responsible for dealing with the consequences of those actions.  No one else is responsible for your actions, and you must live with those choices, good, bad or indifferent.

The consequences of your actions are not for your parents to deal with.  They are not for your brothers and sisters to deal with.  They are not for your children to deal with.  And they are certainly not the governments to deal with.

Your life is your responsibility and if you choose to eat the sour grapes be prepared for the unpleasant taste and the upset stomach.  You put them in your mouth and they are yours to deal with.

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