“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.” (Judges 2:10)
After their obvious failure to drive out the inhabitants of the land, the Angel of the Lord appears to Israel, telling them they have broken the Covenant He made with them. They disobeyed God because they did not drive them out like He commanded. So the Lord declared that He was no longer going to drive out the enemy, but that they will remain as thorns in their sides and be a constant temptation to serve their gods. Also, Joshua’s death is told again in this chapter and that when his generation died, the next generation knew nothing of the Lord and what He did for Israel. So they began to sin and to serve Baal and the Ashtoreths, the gods of the nations they were meant to drive out. Because of this, the Lord caused them to become defeated by their enemies, but when they cried out to the Lord, He had pity on them and raised up Judges to defeat their enemies again. As long as there was a Judge in Israel, the people stayed on track, but as soon as he died, they fell back into sin.
I find it amazing that the next generation after Joshua knew nothing of the Lord and what He did for Israel! You would think they would be raving mad to their kids about what God did for them, in rescuing them from Egypt and taking possession of the land! You would think that they would tell their kids all about it- Joshua said “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord-” so surely he told his kids! Joshua and his generation may have done all that God wanted them to do and conquered the land, but they failed in raising up the next generation to continue on with the work of the Lord. Actually, if you notice, Moses failed in his own generation, but raised up the next; Joshua succeeded in his own but failed to raise up the next. I believe we can succeed for both! Joshua’s success came by meditating on the Book of the Law, but he failed in teaching his children to do the same. A lesson we can all learn: teach well your children about the Lord- and they will not depart from His ways, but follow Him all of their days. Amen.
“Lord, thank You for my own walk with You- but now I pray for my children after me, that You will teach me to teach them Your ways, that they truly may never depart from You ever. Give me Your wisdom to do this, and also teach any young person about you that comes along my path, raising up the next generation- in Jesus’ name, amen.”