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The Apple Does Not Fall January 3, 2007

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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There is an often used expression: “The apple does not fall far from the tree”.  The idea being conveyed is that significant traits are often passed down from one generation to the next.  This expression is sometimes used in a good sense and sometimes in a bad sense.  This saying is often used because it is quite true.  In fact the most important characteristic that separates our species from every other species on the planet is that we are the only species that purposely transmit information across generations.  This is one way that we are in God’s image.  From the very beginning God has stressed this point to mankind, the things that we do either good or bad can affect the generations that follow.  None of us lives to himself alone.  We are all responsible to God wether we acknowledge that responsibility or not.  We are all responsible to future generations wether we acknowledge that responsibility or not.  Since this is so, how then should we conduct ourselves?

The best way to do your part to secure a good outcome for succeeding generations is to make sure you keep the instruction from God first and foremost in your life.  This idea of punishing the children for the sins of the fathers is often made fun of but this is really what God is talking about, this is his way of saying: “The apple does not fall far from the tree”.  But notice the contrast:    

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers 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.

Clearly what God wants to do is show love to a thousand generations, but what we often do by not following God’s instruction is cause suffering to the generations to follow.  Jesus Christ was chosen by God to be an example for us and as a result of his obedience to the the father all generations would be blessed, all generations who follow his example will benefit.  But since much of the world has wandered away from God and the apple does not fall far from the tree, many generations can be generally characterized as not following this example.  Jesus Christ characterized the attitude of many of his listeners with these words:  

To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the flute for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not cry.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘  But wisdom is proved right by all her children.

The apostle Peter as he preached the Gospel on the day of Pentecost said: “save yourselves form this corrupt generation“.   The apple does not fall far from the tree.  The attitude of the parents will have a strong and far reaching affect on their offspring.  The apostle Paul wrote: “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” referring to this effect and how a little error spreads and prevents people from seeing the truth.  So we have a responsibility to future generations to know the truth and be examples (as Jesus is) of the attitude and behavior that God expects from all.  The apple does not fall from the tree.  This saying is so very often true that we all need to behave accordingly.  We need to each pay more attention to God’s instruction and be examples to our children.  We need to teach our children reverence and respect for God and do our best to enable future generations to follow this example, because it is all too easy for entire generations to go astray and lead later offspring away from God.  The apple does not fall far from the tree.  Let’s close with these words of encouragement from the apostle Paul:

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations , for ever and ever! Amen.

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