Did you read the news this morning? Not in your newspaper or on your mobile device, but rather did you read the current events in Judges 1-3?
Judges is a despondent chronicle of Israel’s atrocious failure. The people who were called out of the world when God called Abraham, revert to the characteristics and practices of that very world. In the book of Judges, you will read of the cyclical pattern through which Israel stumbles—Sin, Slavery, Supplication, Salvation. What was the culprit for this savage repetition?
“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).
A brief survey through Scripture reveals man’s nature is to forget God. In Exodus 5:2, Pharaoh brashly declared his agnosticism. Psalm 92:5-6 gets into the psychology of this condition and describes the God-ignorant individual is brutish. The word brutish indicates someone who thinks and acts more like a beast of the field than the crown of God’s creation. Turn to the New Testament and Paul informs his young preacher boy, Titus, there are many who claim to know God, but their works are not consistent with such a claim. They are disobedient to the Lord they claim they know (Titus 1:16). Paul prophecies of the terrible end for those who know not God in 2 Thessalonians 1:8 where he says, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God.” The path of agnosticism, intentional or ignorantly, leads to a tragic end.
If you remember throughout Deuteronomy and Joshua, there were multiple times where Moses and Joshua instructed the people to raise a memorial or write the law so the next generation could learn of the wonders of God’s work on Israel’s behalf. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Obviously, the teaching did not occur and diligence was out of the question.
Judges cycles through this experience and the headlines resemble today’s current events. Society at large devolves into animalistic behaviors. There are those who claim to be a Christian, yet their own works defy any such claim. Christian’s immorality, infidelity, and insincerity give the world a run for its money. There was a time where followers of Christ lived in such purity, they were duly named, Puritans. They had their own inconsistencies, but they did not resemble the world in any way. Parents, take heed. The world is a great educator. The world is very interactive, and the reward system is pleasant for a season. If you are not teaching your children or grandchildren diligently, then you are flirting with the agnosticism of the world. If you are not living a life of distinction. If you do not call sin what it is, if you are not worshiping God on Sunday with all your heart, if you are not living for God the rest of the week, then you will read the headlines of the future, “There arose another generation which knew not the Lord.”
You can make the difference.