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::Devotional:: ‘Talkin’ Bout My Generation’.

October 19, 2009

In 1965, an up and coming British rock group named “The Who” released their first album My Generation which included the title track “My Generation”.  The song was written by Pete Townsend and quickly became an anthem for rebellious youth during those times and in years since.  “Older people just don’t get it”, seemed to be the resounding message from the rebel yell.  Feeling detached and out of touch from the previous generation is something many younger generations have experienced, including the first generation of Israelites born in the promised land in the book of Judges.


In many ways, the previous generation had failed them and they were left to sort through the consequences of the decisions made long before they entered the picture.  By the time you enter the book of Judges, the nation Israel had seen three generations of people beginning with those who left Egypt in the Exodus.  First there was the Exodus generation, then the Desert generation, and finally the Promised Land generation mentioned in Judges 2.  

God had given the nation Israel very specific instructions through Moses in the book of Deuteronomy, so that they might continue to follow him and be considered righteous in his sight.

Deuteronomy 6:

  • v. 6 – Keep these commands upon your heart
  • v. 7 – Impress these commands upon your children, talk about them all the time.
  • v. 8 – As reminders, physically tie these commands around your hands (to guide their actions) and around your foreheads (to guide their thoughts)
  • v. 9 – Write them on the doorframes and gates of your houses (to keep them accountable)
  • v. 12 – Be careful not to forget the Lord when you are given the promised land and everything in it
  • v. 13-16 – Fear the Lord and serve him only, don’t follow other gods because that will make God jealous, don’t test the Lord
  • v. 17 – Keep the commands of the Lord and do what is right in His sight

Unfortunately, the nation Israel (the Desert Generation) failed to keep these commands.  Perhaps their biggest failure came in living out their faith before their own children, the Promised Land Generation.  Here’s what the book of Judges tells us about that generation.

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.  Judges 2:10-12

On one hand it is easy to think that the Promised Land Generation were just rebellious youngsters but on the other this passage gives the exact reason for their actions.  They “knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”  What did God say to the Desert Generation before they entered the promise land?

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your harts.  Impress them on your children. Deut. 6:6-7

be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  Deut. 6:12

Sometimes we may not realize just how much of an impact our parents had on us and how much of an impact we are having on the next generation.  Good or bad.  If I could encourage anyone who is a parent through this morning’s devotional in any way, I would want you focus on strengthening two things.  1) Your relationship with the Lord.  You can’t teach what you don’t live – your children will not listen.  2) Your relationship with your children.  You are a parent before you are a friend to your children.  Think about how many friends they may have during their lifetime and then think about how many parents they will have? Training up a child in the way he should go is more than just giving directions, it is a game of follow the leader.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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