Former President Ronald Reagan on Freedom: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
There is quite a bit packed into those three sentences! Each generation enjoys the fruits of the generation preceding them, yet each generation must determine the value of that fruit and the cost of its seed if it is to last. This is not just true of freedom, it is also true of the Truth.
Just like freedom, Truth is always one generation from extinction! (Caveat: Truth will prevail and God will always have a Church, I am applying this to a particular group whether that be church, family, etc.)
There were 10 generation from Adam to Noah (Genesis 5). However, there was only 1 living generation separating the two! Noah’s father, Lamech, would have been 58 when Adam died. It is very likely that Noah’s father spent time with the man who walked in the garden with God. Afterall, Adam was his Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather. Yet one (living) generation later, Noah is the only man found righteous in God’s eyes!
Judges 2:7,10 “And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel… and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”
This is another startling example! The generation of elders had witnessed all the miracles. They were there when God made passage through the Jordan River. They were there when the Jericho walls came crashing down. They were there when Joshua prayed and the sun stood still. But the generation after them did not personally know of these great miracles, let alone the God who did them.
We must diligently pass this Truth on to the next generation! (Deut. 6)