"After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel." - Judges 2:10
This one little verse tells a very real and very sad story. It tells the story of a generation that died leaving behind a new generation that did not follow God. Judges Chapter 2 and into Chapter 3 shows a cycle of sin, judgment and repentance that Israel found themselves in over and over again through the next 300+ years. The very center of God's law was found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Generation after generation the Israelites failed to teach their children to love and follow God.
It's easy for us to think that the church and the christian things are kids are involved in will teach our children what they need to know about God, but God says that this is primarily the job of the parents. Children learn the most by example and as parents we are the people that they see in action more than anyone else. What a huge responsibility. Are we taking it seriously enough that our future generations will know, love, and follow God?
What does Deuteronomy 6:4-9 look like in my life? What does it look like in yours?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Judges 3-5