These inspired words were written concerning the difference describing what took place from one generation to the next. “And there arose another generation after them that knew not the Lord…” (Judges 2:10). It is a fact that generations rise up and then pass on and another generation comes along. This fact is difficult to comprehend when one is young, but as age comes to one it is better understood. Not only is it difficult to comprehend the impact of a generation growing old or even passing on, but also that it will happen to my generation. However, in the blink of an eye “there arose another generation.” The inspired words in the book of Judges signal the fact of another generation will rise up, but also the spiritual impact and responsibility of each generation. The generation spoken of rose up and did not know the Lord. Not knowing the Lord means that certain things will take place within that generation as was evident in the book of Judges.
The next verse says; “And the children of Israel did that which was evil…” (Judges 2:11). The generation that rose up abandoned the good that the previous generation had practices in order to do evil. The evil meant that they turned from true worship of Jehovah to a false worship of false deities. The evil meant that they turned from a moral living to live in immorality and all that it represented. The evil meant that they would have violated every one of the Ten Commandments. “They turned aside quickly out of the way wherein their fathers walked, obeying the commandments of the Lord, but they did not so” (Judges 2:11). The evil meant that they would not longer even be recognizes as children of God.
The lesson is that congregations and families need to teach the generations as they come along to love and respect God and his will as did Timothy’s mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). Paul was reminded of “the unfeigned faith” that was in Timothy because of the same faith that was in Eunice and Lois. In the case of Timothy “there arose another generation”, but the next generation possessed the faith and carried that same faith on into the future for another generation. It could and can be said that there arose another generation that knew the Lord and followed his will.
Cultures and human traditions will change through the years and generations. Think of how different life is from one generation to the next, but the true faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints in the first century (Jude 3) can continue on. It can be said that there arose another generation that continued to be faithful. The rising up of another generation does not have to imitate what is seen in the book of Judges, but can have the spiritual success of Timothy. May it be that families and congregations continue to teach and emulate the true faith so that the next generation will know the Lord.