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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.

I agree. 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.

Old Testament
made me think that God is a jealous God. He requires them/us to worship Him only and he got angry when they didnt. Then I thought No he just requires obedience as we do from our own children. And why shouldnt we? he made everything and He sent his only Son to free us from sin.

New Testament
Yes these verses remind me of communion at church. Yes I love communion. It also reminds me of the Seder dinner I attended for the 1st time recently. I tend to miss communion if we don’t have it. We do it to remind ourselves of what Jesus died for us.

I reflect on Gods deeds daily. I am reminded of the day when I was a child our bible in schools teacher told us God made the trees outside our classroom window. I remember looking at them in awe. Although it wasn’t until years before that I attended church I think a seed was planted in me that day.

I was watching TV the other morning and watching a preacher who was talking about how fear equals respect. I respect that God has our whole world in His hands and that he is in control. That He can punish us as He wishes if He wants to. This doesn’t scare me. Its very like a child should obey and fear his father. His father can disciple his child if he does wrong.

Luke 22:19-20 "Then Jesus took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." After supper he took another cup of wine and said, "This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you--an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you." ~ These verses defenitly remind me of the Lord's Supper we have at church. I had my first Lord's Supper recently, the first one since I was saved. It was such a beautiful experience! I had Lord's Suppers before, at the Protestant Church, before I was saved. But it didn't have the same effect on me at all! As a reborn Christian I realized it was Jesus' body, which He gave to me and while drinking 'the wine' I wanted to cry ... thinking about the token of God's new covenant, thinking about Jesus blood, He poured for me. It was a very emotional experience for me!

thought the story of Ehud and Eglon was interesting: 'Eglon was very fat'..that kinda made me laugh.
We participate in communion bcos the word says we should to do til He returns, in remembrance of wat He did for us! We do this at my church the first service of the month.
Psalms: "I sing for joy at the works of your hands"...thats words in a great song Shout to the Lord.

We are to fear and reverence the Lord. i sometimes get in a not so humble, less respectful manner, I mean we can tell Him everything, Hes my best friend but i have to remember hes not a 'buddy', Hes the Lord God almighty who created all things and i need to have a healthy fear of Him. and i should fear sinning against Him. Like i dont find it appropriate wen ppl say, 'Jesus is my homeboy'...no He is God almighty! not our homie, just one of us.
One guy chewed me out the other day n mocked my "sky god myth you believe in". hmm, he clearly had nooo fear of God, i prayed for him, cause if youre not on Gods side, youre on the losing side! I like the title of Oswald Chambers' book, My Utmost for His Highest. thats reverence there.

I love in Psalms v 5-6: "O Lord, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts. Only a simpleton would not know, and only a fool would not understand this."

Also: 12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
13 For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God.
14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
they will remain vital and green.
15 They will declare, “The Lord is just!
He is my rock!
There is no evil
awesome stuff!

I am printing the illustration of the "hands of God" over water for my pastor and wife who lost their 16 yr old son to a drunken driver. I would like to give credit to the artist of this painting. Do you know the artist's name? Thank you and God bless!

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