Proverbs 13:20-22 (NIV)
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things. A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
I have not had any personal experience, but I have been told of families that are torn apart relationally because of arguments over an inheritance that was left behind with no will or any kind of instruction.
Inheritance issues can be controversial, but, in the Bible, inheritance is also a great example of a good gift because it’s given by grace – not earned – a windfall received from God, who loves us. Psalm 136 celebrates the way God gave the promised land to Israel “as an inheritance.” Again, and again the refrain echoes, “His love endures forever.” As history shows, Israel had done nothing to earn that inheritance. God was creating a new nation that would bless all nations by providing a Saviour.
The tribe of Levi was different. They did not receive land as their inheritance. They served in the ceremonial worship of God as priests and teachers and temple workers. And because of this intimate relationship with God, it was said, “The Lord is their inheritance”.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). And 1 Peter 1:4 describes salvation as “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” Like Israel we did not earn this inheritance, nor do we deserve this inheritance. We have this heavenly treasure all by grace, through faith. Thanks be to Jesus for all we have.
Thank you Father for the inheritance that we have in your Son Jesus Christ. Amen!