Judges 2:10-11 (NKJV)
When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals.
So, Joshua dies. His generation follows suit. The text seems to suggest that they simply inherited the land and just died. They simply got their inheritance, enjoyed the benefits and just died.
A new generation rises. Here’s the indictment against the new generation – they did not know the Lord nor the work which he had done for Israel.
This is so evident in our times. My generation does not know Jesus or what he has done for us. There is a huge gospel void in our generation. I meet and see young people who really don’t know who Jesus is and what He did for them. Even if they grew up in church, they rarely heard the gospel being preached. All they heard was emphasis spiritual activities, duty, legalism, moralism, motivational, deliverance, prosperity, faith, spiritual warfare, and evangelistic teachings and hype.
The indictment against the previous generation (53-77 years old – baby boomer generation) is this – they have not passed the gospel to our generation. My parent’s generation aren’t passing on the gospel to our generation. I am a product of the previous generation. All I’ve heard in church and life has been do more, try harder and work hard. Schulter, c’mon what is wrong with all these? Yes, these are good things but these are not the gospel.
Here’s the gospel in Judges 2:10
- The Lord
- His work for us.
Basically the gospel is – Jesus and His finished work for us.
The gospel is – Jesus and His finished work for us.
Whenever the previous generation fails to pass the gospel to the next , the result is the next generation serves Baal.
Judges 2:11 (NKJV)
Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals.
Now you may say, “C’mon bro, we don’t offer child sacrifices and worship idols like they did. You are way over the top here.” Oh yes we do.
Our idols are different but still function the same. Our idols are careers, money, wealth, education, fashion and entertainment, political power, spirituality, diet and exercise, sex and sexual identity, social media followers and likes etc. These are our idols that we serve because we are void of the gospel.
It’s no wonder then we are experiencing plunder, stress, calamity all around. It’s no wonder we are such a restless generation. It’s no wonder we are easily duped and deceived and not able to resist cultural influences. It’s no wonder we are confused and depressed. It’s no wonder we are lonely and suicidal.
The reason? The gospel void.
Who has the gospel? The church. Tullian Tchividjian points out that the church should be an echo chamber of the gospel. When Christians and non-Christians come into our churches they should constantly hear the gospel. They should hear again and again who Jesus is and what he did for us. It is the gospel that will turn our hearts from the idols of life and safe guard us from the perils that will befall us.
When Christians and non-Christians come into our churches they should constantly hear the gospel. They should hear again and again who Jesus is and what he did for us.
Judges in our times
Then the Lord raised up judges to rescue the Israelites from their attackers.
Just like in Judges, God has had to raise up judges to preach the gospel to our generation. Tim Keller, Brennan Manning, Joseph Prince, Andrew Wommack, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Steve Brown, Paul Tripp amongst others are being raised up us “judges” to turn us back to the gospel so that we are delivered from our enemies.
This ought not to be. But God is moved with pity because we are so burdened by oppression and suffering. (NLT)
If you are 60 years old and above and christian, you need to really think seriously about what you are passing on to the next generation in terms of what really matters.
Are you only passing on your pain and experience?
Are you only passing on tradition and culture instead of passing on the real identity that is only found in Jesus?
Are you so busy trying to recapture your past instead of investing in the future of the next generation?
To my generation
If you are 50 and under and christian, do you recognize the idols in our culture that have enticed and captured our hearts because of the gospel void?
Are you willing to embrace the gospel that truly frees you to enjoy those things you are busy chasing after?
The truth is this – you will pass on what you have right now.
May God raise up a generation of gospel “judges” to who will deliver us out of the hands of our idols. Judges who will preach the pure gospel to us.
That’s what grace looks like