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When your children ask you in time to come, “What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the LORD our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your children, “We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The LORD displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors. Then the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our lasting good, so as to keep us alive, as is now the case. If we diligently observe this entire commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, we will be in the right.”
From Generation to Generation
Without question, we live in a rapidly changing world. For example, a few years ago I read that experts now believe the length of a generation is shorter than in the past. According the article, when I was a kid, a generation lasted about twenty years, with people within that time frame sharing certain values and experiences that would enable them to live together and communicate with one another peacefully. But that length of time has changed. With the explosion and continual advancement of technology, generations may now be changing about every ten years. Of course, this means that every decade culture changes enough that it’s difficult for the different generations to understand one another. And because of that, it’s really easy for the past to become buried in a new set of values and assumptions.
And even though this may be an unavoidable reality, it’s important for the story of God to be pasted from generation to generation. And for me the reason is clear. In that story, we hear about God’s constant love for his people, Israel, something that was shown by the guidance he offered them throughout their history. And even though they made all kinds of mistakes along the way and suffered the consequences for their actions, he remained their God, and his love for them never wavered or changed. And for Christians, we see this love revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, the one whose death brought freedom and whose resurrection offers hope. Now this is what we believe, and I’ll tell you, I think it’s another story we should be passing from generation to generation regardless of the length of each one.