This morning I went to brunch at a friends house and on my way I stopped to buy her some flowers. As I was getting back into my car a strange thought occurred to me, “Did I remember to teach my children to always bring a gift to their hostess?” My mother taught me this and other valuable pieces of information that was meant for me to pass on to my children.
Interestingly, our brunch conversation turned to the different generations; how each generation has so much to offer and how do we bridge the unintentional gap between the generations of women in our faith family? Which would further equip us to take love into our community.
Today I came across Jeremiah 44:17:
We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the street of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm.
‘The queen of heaven.’ My first thought was, “And how did that work out for you?” Then I realized here was an entire generation of God’s chosen children who did not know the God of their ancestors or at the very least didn’t know Him in the way their forefathers had. Here was a generation that defied God by worshipping, as some speculate, Venus or another goddess, because somewhere through their ancestral history there was a disconnect, whether intentional or not, between generations.
The account of King Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34:14, 19, 21 confirms this for us:
v.14 While they were bringing out the money that had been taken into the temple of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the LORD that had been given through Moses.
v. 19 When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes.
v. 21 Go and inquire of the LORD for me and for the remnant in Israel and Judah about what is written in this book that has been found.
The same Israelites that were burning incense to the queen of heaven in Jeremiah 44:17 were apart of the generation of King Josiah that didn’t know about what was written in the Book of the Law because their fathers before them hadn’t passed along the teachings. These were people living in the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon and Naphtali – four of the patriarchal lands of the twelve tribes of Israel!
Precious One just as it is my responsibility to teach my children to bring their hostess a gift, it is our responsibility as the Body of Christ to teach one another the written word of God, share our experiences, teach lost arts in a modern world and learn about the modern world to the best of our ability so we don’t one day inquire of one another, “What is written in this book that has been found?” We are now that remnant and God chooses to work through us for the glory of His kingdom in the Name of his Son, Jesus Christ and for the sake of all generations.