“…And all that generation (Joshua’s generation for context) also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10
This verse couldn’t be sadder. One generation passes, a generation that is known as the generation that crossed the Jordan River to inherit the land that God had promised. The generation that also experienced Moses and his leadership, experienced extreme and amazing feats of God in their midst. They saw God’s faithfulness and provision time and time again. They saw how God made a way for them to enter this long awaited land. But somewhere in all of this, they lost sight of what was important. Something was left behind. Something shifted. Something seemed to be more important.
The result? The next generation came up and did not know the Lord nor what He has done.
Tragic. Plain and Simple.
Who was responsible for passing it along? You are right, the older generation. In Deuteronomy 6-8, Moses commanded and urged them to pass it on to the younger generations, almost to the degree that it’s obsessive. Check it out, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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.” Deut. 6:7 In other words, all the time. If you read later, it says tell them what God has done. In chapter 8, it says do not forget what God has done.
Apparently, the promised land had so much to offer them that it was more important than passing on the knowledge and history of God to the younger generation.
Does that mean that they weren’t religious and didn’t try to teach them the importance of religion? I’m sure they did to some extent. However, that is not the same as knowing the Lord and what He has done.
You know what the Irresistible Initiative is all about? It’s about doing everything we can, as a church, to become irresistible like Jesus, so as to tell and show others Jesus and what He has done for all of us. It’s about setting the stage well for the next generation to arise with an understanding of who God is and what He has done for them and for the whole world through Jesus Christ.
It’s not about the building. The building is all about a vehicle to be used to communicate the Gospel and to show others what a community of Christ followers looks like and behaves like. It’s about taking serious all aspects of what God has entrusted to us. This is why this matters.
What if we said together at PVC, that something like Judges 2:10 will never happen on our watch? That we are all about becoming irresistible so that others will rise up, knowing and experiencing Jesus Christ!
Let’s be irresistible together!