“After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, 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” (Judges 2:10:11).
Charles Spurgeon wrote: “It was God’s Word that made us; is it any wonder that his Word should sustain us?”
For the Christian, God’s Word is essential.
The book of Judges is the story of the Israelites conquering the Promised Land. We are told, “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors…” That’s just a nice way to say after that whole generation died.
What generation? What is the reference for that whole generation?
The writer of Judges is talking about Moses and Joshua’s generation. One of the unique things about Moses and Joshua’s generation is that there was probably not a single person in that generation who didn’t know God.
- Every one of them were there when God sent the ten plagues to Egypt
- Every one of them were there when God split the Red Sea
- Every one of them saw the Manna fall from heaven everyday to sustain them for forty years in the wilderness
- Every one of them saw the pillar of cloud leading them in the day, and the pillar of fire at night
No one in that generation wondered if God were real. They knew. They saw. They were there.
But, that entire generation died. And our text tells us that another generation came after them.
I want you to pay close attention to the ways that the author of Judges describes this generation who came after Moses and Joshua’s generation.
- They knew neither the LORD – they did not know God
- Nor what he had done for Israel – they did not know God’s history
When you have a generation that does not know God nor his history recorded in the Bible, this is the result – “Then the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD by worshiping the Baals.”
When a generation does not know God nor his history, that generation sins.
When we do not know God’s word, we sin.
For the Christian, God’s word is essential. It is the word of God that made us Christian. It is the word of God that will sustain us.
Spend time with God and his word.