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.
LORD Jesus, we praise You, our Maker and Savior. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, whenever we neglect to tell the next generations about Your mighty Hand and all the Works that You have done for us. Help us to read our Bibles with open hearts and minds, and enable us to trust and obey Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Another generation arose who did not know the LORD nor the work which God had done. Why did they not know? The previous generation ignored God’s command to teach their children diligently (Deuteronomy 6:7). There was no room for the Master in their homes. How could their children call on a God that they did not believe in? How could they believe in Him of whom they have never heard of?
This is not just a Sunday thing; nor can it be left to the preacher’s messages or the Sunday school teachings only.
William MacDonald writes in the Believer’s Bible Commentary that through Deuteronomy 6 the LORD has given specific instructions to His people. Disobeying these commandments, a lack of spiritual leadership, and the neglect of the fathers to teach their children to fear the LORD and to keep His commandments led to apostasy of their sons.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
There is much we can do at home. Little children are fast learners. It is easy to teach them Scripture in the comfort of our home, and soon they will have a good collection of verses memorized. Pray inside and outside your home, sing praises, and talk much about what God has done — when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
The devil does not like that, of course. That is why he wants to get a hold of our children as soon as possible to keep them in his grip for as long as he can.
Watch over and teach your children diligently today.