This is my article that was published today in the Natoma-Luray Independent of The Russell County News.
Tell the next generation
The phrase ‘tell the next generation’ can be seen throughout the entire Old Testament. The people are constantly being told to tell their children and their grandchildren the great things that God has done on their behalf throughout their history.
The threat is that if the next generation is not told about the things that God has done on behalf of His people; then the people will forget about the true God of heaven and earth, and will instead chase after the foreign gods that surround them.
And that is exactly what we see happen. In Judges 2:6-9, we read that the children of Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua. But in Judges 2:10, we read that there arose a generation that did not know Joshua, that did not know the elders, and that in turn did not know the Lord; and in Judges 2:11, we read that this generation did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.
One generation was all it took for Israel to turn away from the Lord and do what was evil in His eyes. One generation got lazy and did not teach their children the ways of the Lord and what He had done for their forefathers, and in that one generation, all was lost.
This task to ‘tell the next generation’ is not some Old Testament fossil, nor is it a task to be taken lightly. The command to ‘tell the next generation’ has now been given to you. It is now your job to tell your children and grandchildren the great things that God has done for you.
Tell the next generation how Jesus came into the world to suffer and die for your sins. Tell the next generation how God has guided you through difficult points in your own life. Tell the next generation how God has led you away from the temptations of the evil one and back to His Word. Tell the next generation how God is working in their own lives, and how He has plans to use them as a witness to the nations.
Because if you do not tell the next generation, then the words of Judges 2:11 will be just as true today as they were back then: the people did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.
The task of telling the next generation is one that is repeated daily in churches and classrooms, and most of all in homes. You are charged with telling the next generation in your prayers, in your devotions, in your words and actions. Tell the next generation.
God Bless! Pastor Michael Schmidt