In the book of Exodus, we read about how God is a just God. Exodus 34:7 tells us, “…He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” Now here we discover how during the old covenant God would remember the sins of the fathers. What about today? Are there generational curses that follow us? I love the song, “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs which tells us, “There is power in the name of Jesus. To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.” This is truly what Jesus’ blood does for the believer. Yes, the sin we committed was wrong, but because of the cross God is no longer keeping a record of our mistakes!
How can a holy, just, and righteous God not count our sins against us? Because they were counted at the cross. All of our sin was placed on Jesus, and He was punished so that we may walk free. It is not a freedom to live any life we want, but it is a freedom to live a life for God. True grace causes morality.
In the book of Romans, Paul explains that we are the blessed man that David once spoke about. Romans 4:6-8 tells us, “6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. 8 “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.” We have what David longed for. Because God imputed our sins to Jesus, at the cross, now we can receive His righteousness.
To impute something means to ascribe, assign, or attribute something to someone.
Psalm 130:3-4 says, “3 If You, [a]Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.” If God were to mark our failures, no one could stand. Yet because of the cross, God gives us right standing! Now we can stand with no condemnation and no separation from God.
Ezekiel and Jeremiah talk about a saying that people had during the old covenant which read, “‘The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children’s teeth are set on edge’?” This was a metaphor explaining how the sins of the father were passed down to the children. This was something common among during biblical times. One day a blind man was brought towards Jesus and His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (John 9:2). Jesus came to break the bondage of sin. This idea of sour grape is a picture of the generational curse. Did you know that Jesus took your curse at the cross? Yes in fact during His crucifixion Jesus was sour wine symbolizing the generational curse. He was offered wine twice during the cross. The first wine was to ease the pain, almost as a way to numb what was happening. According to David Mathis the second wine was something that would have kept the criminal, “conscious for as long as possible.” John 19:30 tells us, “30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” One of the very last things Jesus did for you during the cross was redeem you from all generational curses. Under the old covenant, your record of wrong doing was marked down to the third and fourth generation. Under the new covenant you have a new heavenly father who never sinned. Your record is wiped clean and God remembers your sins no more! There is power in the name of Jesus to break every generational chain of bondage.