The Difference In One Generation (Judges 1; Acts 5)

“Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.”  Acts 5:41

“And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.”  Judges 2:10

The book of Judges tells the tragic story of a generation that failed to obey God.  Judges chapter one tells the story of the continued conquest of the generation of Joshua.  This generation continued God’s work to the end of their lives.  But it would seem that the new generation was turning totally in the opposite direction.  So, what is the deal?

The deal was disobedience.  The fact is the new generation chose to abandon the Lord and go after other Gods (Judges 2:12).  This new generation even bowed down to foreign Gods.  This was their downfall.  Brothers and sisters, this has been the down fall of many generations.

Question, “What is happening with our generations today?”  We see the same rebellion taking place even now.  Certainly there are areas where people cry out, “This is wrong.”  For example, “There has been a great cry from the Christian community against same-sex marriage.”  Certainly I agree with this.  But there is much more sexual sin in which the Christian community is silent.  David Platt recently said, “In many ways the Christian community has grown silent in its stand for sexual purity.  We have grown silent as we are watching explicit sexual acts at Movies, TV, and Online.  We are covering up our sin as we stand against a sin that we don’t like.”

Brothers and sisters we must learn from those who have failed. Our God is concerned with complete obedience!!!  Chapter 2 of the book of Judges is clear (2:1-5), if the people obey I will bless.  If they disobey I will judge.

May we have the same heart as did the early church in Acts 5.  They were willing to stand up for the Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.  They suffered but found success as the Name went forth.

Today, may it be our resolve to passionately and consistently live for Jesus in this generation.


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