Yechezk'el 18:1 Then the word of the L-RD came to me saying,
Again we are told that the message is from G-d and not from Yechezk'el.
Yechezk'el 18:2 "What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel saying, 'The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth are set on edge'? This erroneous belief is also found in the following passage.
Eikhah (Lamentations) 5:7 Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities.
They were taking the following verse out of context and applying it incorrectly.
Sh'mot (Exodus) 20:5-6 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the L-RD your G-d, am a jealous G-d, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Sometimes our children suffer because of our sins. Sometimes they follow us in the same sinful ways. But each of us pays the penalty for our own sins no anyone elses.
Yechezk'el 18:3-4 "As I live," declares the L-rd G-D, "you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore. "Look, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.
The corresponding letter to this chapter is Tzaddi- righteous; kneeling or standing
Yechezk'el 18:5-9 "But if a man is 'righteous', and practices justice and righteousness, and does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor's wife, or approach a woman during her menstrual period-- if a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry, and covers the naked with clothing, if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity, and executes true justice between man and man, if he walks in My statutes and My ordinances so as to deal faithfully -- he is righteous and will surely live, "declares the L-rd G-D.
There are blessings to those that do right.
Yechezk'el 18:10-13 "Then he may have a violent son who sheds blood, and who does any of these things to a brother (though he himself did not do any of these things), that is, he even eats at the mountain shrines, and defiles his neighbor's wife, oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore a pledge, but lifts up his eyes to the idols, and commits abomination, he lends money on interest and takes increase; will he live? He will not live! He has committed all these abominations, he will surely be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of G-d is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our L-rd.
Yechezk'el 18:14-20 "Now look, he has a son who has observed all his father's sins which he committed, and observing does not do likewise. "He does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor's wife, or oppress anyone, or retain a pledge, or commit robbery, but he gives his bread to the hungry, and covers the naked with clothing, he keeps his hand from the poor, does not take interest or increase, but executes My ordinances, and walks in My statutes; he will not die for his father's iniquity, he will surely live. "As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what was not good among his people, look, he will die for his iniquity. "Yet you say, 'Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity?' When the son has practiced justice and righteousness, and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.
There are generational demons that can follow a family but a person is still responsible for his or her actions whether right or wrong. Don't blame your parents for your present sin. Also, someone may not choose to follow Yeshua because most of the earlier generation did not follow Him. If a son does turn and accepts Yeshua, who is the true Messiah, and trusts in Him and the Word, He will be declared righteous regardless of the choice of his father and he will receive eternal salvation. The Son will not bear the punishment for the father's rejection. It is for each one of us to choose to turn back to G-d. Therefore we are responsible for the eternal consequences.