A group of woman from my church have just began a new Bible study of Gideon by Priscilla Shirer.
This first week, we have been looking at at the Israelite culture during the days of Gideon. Looking at what brought the Israelites from a place of fearing the Lord, serving Him, witnessing His hand perform miracles among them, to a place of forsaking Him. He had parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-22), provided manna for them in the wilderness (Exodus 16:4), provided water from a rock (Exodus 17). Under the leadership of Joshua, He enabled them to defeat Jericho by causing the city walls to come crashing to the ground (Joshua 5-6).
How did they wander from there… to – “and the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (Judges 6:1) during the time of Gideon.
If you look at the second chapter of Judges, you find this:
Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten…After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. (Judges 2:8,10-11).
Did you notice anything interesting? ..or frightening may be a better word?
It only took one generation.
It only took one generation for the people to forget their God. To forget the works He had performed, to forget His deliverance, to forget His power, His grace and His blessing.
This has been so heavy on my heart over the past couple days. As a parent it is my duty to see to it that my children know YAHWEH. I use His name because ‘god’ is a term that is used very loosely in today’s culture. It is my responsibility to ensure my children – and any other person the Lord chooses to put in my path to minster to, to teach, to disciple, to encourage – that they know Truth!
I believe this is something He has called us all to. Not everyone is a parent. But, I bet most people have someone in their life under their influence. If not, go find someone! 🙂 This world is full of minds needing to be molded for Christ, especially if you live in good ol’ Humboldt County.
My daughter is at an age now where I can start teaching her how to hide God’s Word in her heart. It needs to go beyond a story before naptime and a prayer before bedtime.
I’ve started to compile a list of Scriptures that define the character and attributes of God. I want to be intentional about speaking these to her multiple times a day. Have her speak them with me.
Today we started at the beginning. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”.
This is my responsibility. This will not be taught at school. I must do my part in making sure this next generation is one who serves, fears, honors, loves, trusts and obeys the Lord and His Word.
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “ You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)