Fathers, if we do not love God, our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will (as they follow in our footsteps) be shown the jealous anger of God. Exodus 20:5 says
“You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me…”
On the other hand, if we do love God, our children’s children, for a thousand generations, will (as they follow in our footsteps) be shown the steadfast love of God. Exodus 20:6 says
“but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
(Deuteronomy 7:9 says “a thousand generations.”)
Fathers, you may be ancestor to hundreds of thousands of people, and what you do today matters. Would you rather your children be shown jealous anger or steadfast love? What you do today matters. Do you love God? Do you really love God?