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Judges 2:10-3:31

Israel forgot because their parents forgot to listen, to heed the words of Moses:

These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up. You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead. Inscribe them on the doorframes of your houses and gates. Then when the LORD your God brings you to the land he promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you a land with large, fine cities you did not build, houses filled with choice things you did not accumulate, hewn out cisterns you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant and you eat your fill, be careful not to forget the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, that place of slavery. You must revere the LORD your God, serve him, and take oaths using only his name. You must not go after other gods, those of the surrounding peoples, for the LORD your God, who is present among you, is a jealous God and his anger will erupt against you and remove you from the land. (Deuteronomy 6:6-15 NET.)

If they didn’t know it means they were never told. How many of us fail to tell our children of our struggles, failures and hopelessness before our salvation, and our deliverance stories after. I am thoroughly convicted of my failure to do this. We fail to tell because our children usually say, “I’ve heard that story before,” yes we fail to remember that God has to repeat Himself and His Word to us over and over again, ‘cause we don’t get it. Even if they close their ears to our word, their sub-conscience is still listening.

Either the Word of God is true or either we consider it nice poetry or an interesting narrative, it can’t have it both ways. Our stories prepare them to choose wisely when they get to a crossroad that we have stumbled on, our stories warn them and give them tools to recognize the dangers meeting them on their journey after they leave our protection. Our stories are our legacy, a road map, which we bequeath to our children.

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children … (Proverbs 13:22 KJV)

In the King James, the text of Judges 2:10 reads,

And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10 KJVR).

In the Hebrew, the word knew is the word yâda‛, to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).

The generation didn’t know because they weren’t told.

Grace and peace,

I agree with Ramona. God has been challenging me to teach & model & lead my children to a real realationship with God. THis morning I showed them how I read and pray using this blog. I pray that it may never be said of my children that they grew up not knowing the LORD.

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