Can We Leave An Inheritance To Our Children?

Q. I wanted to know what the bible says about parents leaving an inheritance for their children. Are we to leave what we have to our children? We give to many Christian organizations and our church. We want our children to be able to give where God directs them as well.

A. The Israelites were commanded to leave the land God had given them to their children, and to not let it pass out of the family. In fact he set up elaborate procedures to help them keep this commandment. For example in Numbers 36 Zelophehad’s daughters were authorized to inherit their father’s land because he had no sons. They only had to marry within their tribe to avoid it passing to another tribe. And if a man died without an heir, his next of kin had to marry the widow and have a son with her to give the dead man an heir. (Deut. 24:5-6)

In Job 42:15 you can read that after he was restored Job left an inheritance to his daughters as well as his sons. And Proverbs 13:22 says a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.

In the New Testament we’re told not to store up treasure on Earth (Matt. 6:19-21), but nowhere does it say we can’t leave whatever remaining wealth we have (in spite of being generous givers) to our children.

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