THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
"… teach them your children,
speaking of them..."
FAILURE OF BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION
There was an obvious failure of the parents to teach the Word of God that resulted in the apostasy of the next generation. The children knew not the LORD mentally and experientially. They did not hear about who He is and His wonderful works from the mouth of their parents. Moreover, the life of their parents did not manifest any obedience to God’s Word. They followed the LORD only up to the time of Joshua and the elders who witnessed the great works of God. After that, they departed from the teachings of God.
Their failure to remember God’s deliverance led to apostasy. The tragic events that followed demonstrated the effects of an absence of biblical instruction in the family. It resulted in a generation doing what was right in their own eyes. The spiritual malaise that set in after the death of the generation that had witnessed the mighty saving acts of Jehovah was sketched in bold strokes: APOSTASY! Forgetting the LORD’s work on them, the Israelites quickly apostatized, turning to the gods of the Canaanites.
How do we show love to our children? Will it be only by providing them with material things? Will it be only by sending them to the most prestigious schools that we can afford? Will it be only by taking them on a holiday to the most expensive resorts overseas? How can they know our love for them? Is it not by teaching them God’s Word? Is it not by showing them the way to heaven? How can they feel our love? Is it not by worshipping the Lord together with them as a family? How can they see our love? Is it not by living a holy life to showcase to them what it really means to be a disciple of Christ?
THOUGHT: Am I instructing the children of the next generation in the ways of God?
PRAYER: "For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children" (Ps 78:5-6).