“A good person leaves an inheritance for his children.”


Principles from Proverbs #12 – Proverbs 13:22 – “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children.”

    I’m not just talking about money or an estate, but a heritage of knowledge and wisdom; a heritage of giving back to God; of love and pride in family; a priceless knowledge of Christ and the salvation and freedom that only he can provide. These are a true inheiritance. The following comes from a reference on GotQuestions.org website;
“Question: “What does the Bible say about parents leaving an inheritance for their children?”
Answer: “Inheritance was the gift of honor and support given by a patriarch to his sons (and sometimes daughters). It was meant for the provision and status of the family. Most of the occurrences of inheritance in the first half of the Old Testament refer to God bestowing the Promised Land on the Israelites—the Heavenly Father providing for His sons and daughters. Because the land was given by God to the individual families, the people were not allowed to dispose of their land permanently. If they needed to sell it, it was to be returned during the year of Jubilee. (Leviticus 25:23-38) The Bible laid out specific guidelines for inheriting family property: the eldest son was to inherit a double portion. (Deuteronomy 21:15-17); If there were no sons, daughters were allowed to inherit their father’s land (Numbers 27:8) In the absence of direct heirs, a favored servant or a more distant kinsman could inherit the land. (Genesis 15:2; Numbers 27:9-11) At no time could the land pass to another tribe. The point of passing on the land was to ensure the extended family had a means of support and survival. Inheritance was assumed, and only Proverbs 13:22 speaks of it as a particular virtue.

    The New Testament does not speak of a physical inheritance but rather a spiritual inheritance. In fact, in Luke 12:13-21 Jesus spoke to the people and said this in The Parable of the Rich Fool:

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

    Jesus downplays the importance of an earthly inheritance, explaining that it can lead to greed and an obsession with wealth. It is far better to store up treasures in heaven. Our inheritance, like the Israelites’, is from God (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 1:11, 14, 18) and, like Abraham (Hebrews 11:8, 13), we will not receive our spiritual inheritance in this lifetime. (1 Peter 1:4) What is this inherit-ance? Psalm 37:11 and Matthew 5:5 say it’s the whole earth. James 2:5 says it’s the kingdom of God, and Hebrews 11:16 calls it a heavenly country. First Corinthians 2:9 says it is so wonderful, that “eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” And Revelation 21 describes a new heaven and new earth where God will dwell among His people and “take away tears, mourning, pain, and death.”

    In regard to inheritance, it’s the example of parents ensuring their family is cared for after their death. In modern times, this doesn’t necessarily mean land, or even material possessions. It can include imparting a good character, ensuring children have an education, or training them in a profession. But, when most people think of parents leaving an inheritance for their children, it has to do with material possessions. The Bible definitely supports the idea of parents leaving their material possessions /wealth/property to their children. At the same time, parents should not feel obligated to save up everything for their children’s inheritance, neglecting themselves in the process. It should never be a matter of guilt or obligation. Rather, it should be an act of love, a final way of expressing your love and appreciation to children. Most important, however, is the parents’ responsibility to make sure children are aware of the inheritance they will receive if they follow Christ. Parents are to teach their children about God’s expectations, (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Ephesians 6:4) and bring their children to Christ (Mark 10:14). In this way, parents can provide for their children in the greatest way possible.”

 

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