A pleasant evening to everyone. The responsibility of preserving ordinances, of securing the future is an important one. This ranges from sustaining things as simple as family traditions to how an entire generation ought to be shaped.
Perhaps, I’d do a series on the demise of Fatherhood, the redefinition of Motherhood and the cumulative effect on the succeeding generation.
However, sufficient for the evening is our present discussion which centers on how this current young generation is been shaped. The primary mold ought to have been the older generation, and the means is clear. And the failure to do so was going to result in a specific pattern of effects.
Let’s consider an example:
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. (emphasis added)
We find here two generations, one departing generation, and the succeeding generation.
The succeeding generation had a challenge. It was embedded in the words which knew not. In this case, their deficiencies were in relation to the Lord and His doings. Almost predictably, we find the effect of this omission in their knowledge base.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
We see a pattern- a succeeding generation fails or rebels along the lines of the deficiencies in their knowledge base, especially if that information was available with their predecessors.
How were they supposed to know? The Lord himself answered that question before it was ever asked.
That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
The above verse contextually was about a particular action that the nation of Israel took, and God was telling the fathers to be aware that they have a responsibility to inform the children about this action and its implications. Because truly speaking, one way or another, the children will ask, and an answer must necessarily be given to them.
To be continued tomorrow. Thank you