The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

If you were observe my actions and reactions I am my mother through and through.

2 Kings 18:1-37

Reference: v.5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: The older I get the more I realize that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  As I now engage with my mother on an adult level I can see how similar our personalities are.  To look at I resemble my father’s side of the family a lot more, however if you were observe my actions and reactions I am my mother through and through.

Application: Whether you believe that nature is stronger than nurture or vise versa, it is clear to see that I resemble both my parents.  I am fortunate enough to have had parents who are amazing people and the kind of people I strive to be more like.  The challenge for children comes when they have parents who act in a way that is not desirable and the children struggle to break away from the same mould.  Throughout the whole book of 2 Kings we have been hearing about people of power who have followed in the same footsteps as those before them: “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord… He did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord… He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord but did not remove foreign idols…”  And yet finally we come to Hezekiah, who trusted the Lord and stood apart from those who had gone before him.  It takes great courage and perseverance to change behaviour that is passed down from generations, however forever Hezekiah will be described as “there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah”.  What an impressive statement!

Prayer:  Lord, You give us each different gifts and positions in the world but You love us all equally.  May we learn not to carry on the sin of the generations that have passed and stand firm in Your love and grace.  Amen.

What is something from your past that you need to shake off?

 

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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