After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, 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. They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the LORD to anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.
Joshua (heb. for Jesus) is taken from the people he has led. Soon enough Joshua’s whole generation, those who had lived their life under his guidance and leadership, passes away too.
Tragically, with them dies also the knowledge of he way of the Lord. The Israelites fills this void with influences from the surrounding peoples – they go and serve other gods. These are of course no real gods, but their worshippers serve them diligently, forsaking the real, living God.
As a generation of believers do not take their task of seriously evangelizing their children, their children will become those “who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel” (Judg. 2-10). These will then i turn go astray and serve other gods, be it Buddha, Allah, Money or Human Intellect.
The Gospel must NEVER be assumed in preaching. In that sense one can never ‘preach to the choir’ – everyone needs to hear the Gospel and Christians should be very willing to do so. Either there will be someone who has never heard the Gospel and who can receive it, or there will be someone who can be refreshed and encouraged and built up in the way of the Lord by hearing it.
It has been said that the Church is only one generation away from extinction. Although this is technically true, and as such a shocking statement, God would never allow for the Church to die out, no matter how rubbish we are to ‘pass it on’. But for the sake of the souls of our children, our grandchildren and coming generations we must take a passage like Judges 2.10-13 very seriously.
Will we make sure that the generation after us has a good grasp of the Gospel? Will we make sure that they know our Lord Jesus Christ?