Tell Your Children About It

To read the Bible in a year, read Joel. By Don Ruhl
God spoke to the prophet Joel (Joel 1:1), and revealed horrible disasters headed toward the Land of Promise (1:4-2:11). Therefore, they needed to hear what the prophet had to say,
Hear this, you elders,
And give ear, all you inhabitants of the land!
Has anything like this happened in your days,
Or even in the days of your fathers? (Joel 1:2)
Has anything like what happened, Joel?
God was sending plagues of locusts upon His own land, and those locusts represented an invading army of men. It was going to be bad. They had better hear what the Lord had to say. Not only that, but they needed to tell someone else,
Tell your children about it,
Let your children tell their children,
And their children another generation. (Joel 1:3)
Succeeding generations cannot forget what past generations suffered and why they suffered. Otherwise, the saying of the philosopher George Santayana will come true, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
We cannot bore our children with endless details that do not seem relevant to them, but we should learn interesting ways of telling history, giving the necessary information in ways that they want to hear more, lest they fall into the sins of past generations.

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