Judges 2:10 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.
What in the world happened here!? How is this possible!? You have a nation, loved by God and set apart for His glory, who forgot the Lord. After reading the books of Exodus and Joshua, it seems unfathomable that anyone would forget what God had done. He miraculously delivered them from Egypt. He parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River. He led them by a cloud and a pillar of fire. He fed them supernatural food in the desert. He knocked down the walls of Jericho. He made the sun stand still. It just keeps going and going and going.
So how do you forget? How does a generation grow up not knowing about the Lord? The answer to this lies in the hands of the parents. God instructed the Israelites to teach their children with purpose. He told them to pass down the history so that they would not forget the Lord. Somewhere along the line, every parent dropped the ball. Every parent. And I wonder how that can happen. I wonder if they got so wrapped up in their own promise, that they neglected the promises for their children.
This sort of thing is happening again today in our own society. As parents, we rely heavily on someone else to teach our kids the ways of the Lord. Did the Israelites do the same thing? Surely they took their kids to church. When we rely solely on others, we relegate our God-given role in our children’s lives. Ephesians 6:4 says: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. There are two words here that stick out to me – fathers and instead. Men, are we leading our homes by teaching our kids the ways of God? Are we learning those ways for ourselves? We see that the opposite of exasperating our kids is to bring them up in the Lord.
Don’t get hung up there, though. This isn’t all about Bible training. You see, God told the Israelites not just to pass on the tradition; He told them to pass on the stories. We should be sharing our life stories with our children. They should know who they are and the heritage they came from. Do they know that their great-grandmother came to this country when she was 21? Do they know that their great-uncle was a pastor? Do they know that grandpa fought in the war? Our kids need our history, and the most important history we can give them is their spiritual legacy. We cannot afford to have someone write about our kids someday: another generation grew up, who neither the Lord nor what He had done.