“Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel” Jeremiah 2:4
In the Bible, house is often used to mean family, or generation. For example, the house of David, or Joshua who states, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). Here, too, house is not meant literally, it is about the family, or generations of David and of Joshua, and not about their literal house. House is also used in the spiritual meaning of our mind. Is there a connection between the two?
Why does the Bible sometimes involve the whole ‘house’ in the consequences of one individual who has committed a serious sin? We see this with Pharaoh whose whole house was plagued because of Sarai (Genesis 12:17), or with Korah when he rose up against Moses (Numbers 16). The sons and even the little children were killed as well. These are my thoughts. Raising the children in your ‘house’, in your family, means that they adopt your thoughts. Of course we also develop our own opinions and ideas, but in our mind there are traces of the thoughts of our parents. The lies and delusions in the thoughts of the parents are passed on to the children. And so lies and delusions continue for generations. If a serious sin (and it all begins with the lies and delusions in our mind, the thoughts of our heart of Genesis 6:5) the whole ‘house’ bears the consequences, then the weeds of these lies and delusions through the generations are destroyed.
In our Western society at this present time we are quite individualistic. That was very different in Biblical times. YHWH is a God of generations, of families and of the collective. He makes His covenant with generations, with a collective. He calls the generations (Isaiah 41:4). In the ‘house’of Israel all families of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 28:14). All families must give Him glory (Psalm 96:7). So the whole ‘house’. A ‘house’ that can be broken down by lies and delusions. But also a ‘house’ that is being baptized (Acts 16), and a ‘house’ that we build together into a house of God. When His thoughts have become our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22