A Generation Following The Ways Of Their Fathers

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Sun am 7th July 2013 Shane Egypt

Judges 2:10 & 17; 1 Chron. 1:8; 2 Kings 2:12; Judges 1:1-2; Num. 13:27-33;
Josh. 1:3, 16-17; Josh. 18:2; Josh. 13:1, 13; Josh. 11:12; Josh. 14:7-12;
(Judg. 2:10, 17); (Mal. 4:6).

God builds generationally; God builds from father to son. God deposits a certain grace, a certain DNA and that is what He wants transmitted from one generation to another. When God starts a move in a grace carrier, he pioneers and moves forward by the Spirit of God and God wants to impart that to sons to continue what He is saying. There needs to be a double portion, a higher level but we always see a situation where it comes to a complete halt. Why is it that God always has to start again with another generation?

In the Old Testament there are shadows and types. All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel …….. Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves down to them. They turned aside quickly from the way in which their fathers had walked in obeying the commandments of the Lord; they did not do as their fathers (Judges 2:10 & 17).

We will look at why it happens this way and what God has to do to reverse things. God makes provision in the first generation to reverse the violation of the fourth generation against the fathers. However, we know that subsequent generations need to complete what God has said and given. Here is an example of what should be avoided: Noah’s son Ham saw the nakedness of his father and God cursed Canaan, the son of Ham.  Cush – the son of Ham – became the father of Nimrod, a mighty hunter against the Lord.

God made provision in the first generation to nullify that which happened in the fourth generation, to reverse it. Out of the people of Abraham the new nation is born, Israel. The Lord had given them the land (Judges 1:1-2). Moses sent spies into the land, they saw the land flowed with milk and honey but they said those who inhabited the land were strong and the city was fortified. They saw the descendants of Anak. It brought fear in the hearts of the people of God and their hearts melted. Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it (Num. 13:30). But the others felt they were not strong enough to take the land, not believing what God had said (Num. 13:31-33).

God builds generationally, so Joshua had to build upon what God had said through his father Moses. The people declared to Joshua what they would do (Josh. 1:16-17). When it came to the third and the fourth generation, you hear tragic words of what happened (Judg. 2:10, 17). Seven tribes did not take hold of what God had given them; they did not walk according to the word that was spoken by Moses and Joshua. They left things unfinished (Josh. 13:1). Things were incomplete. There was so much land still to be possessed. Only 40% of the tribes conquered and took their possession. Some of the inhabitants of the land deceived even Joshua (Gibeonites), and they stayed among them and were not removed as God had commanded (Josh. 13:13). God wants to remove the violation that takes place against the fathers. Things crept in which caused mixture and they served foreign gods. There are many things in the Church today that should not be there and we compromise. God wants the violation to be eliminated.

Here is the heart of Joshua: I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully. …. I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken (Josh. 14:7-12). We cannot leave this task to the next generation. We need to walk in the ways of the fathers before us.

There are a lot of spiritual fathers in the nation of South Africa. What must I do as a son in this generation? “I heard the word of Moses, but Joshua, I will follow you, because you are now leading us. You are now the one set by God.” We need to walk in the ways of our fathers. How long are we going to defer taking hold of that which the Lord has given us? It is our inheritance. The word that has been coming is part of our inheritance. We are made in the image of our Lord, and what is our possession? A heaven with streets of gold and a mansion? We defer! We say, “One day it is going to happen.” Why not our generation? God has given us fathers with a specific grace, but we see different spirits that crept into the Church. We need to walk building from father to son, father to son, to prevent the situation where God has to start again and raise an apostolic grace again to start a new move and pioneer something. If we believe the Word that God has spoken we will move forward with it. We need to build on that foundation, the cornerstone being Christ, or we will fall short and walk in the paths of Malachi, where the hearts of the sons were against the fathers, and the father’s hearts were against the sons (Mal. 4:6).

When are we going to take hold of what is ours? Are we going to venture into the fields of the fatherless? Are we going to walk in the spirit of Korah and Miriam? Will we have a spirit like Absalom who was against his father David? Will we succumb to the spirit of Tobiah and Sanballat who came to the temple with their religion to talk things through? Will we be offended? Will we revert back to the mindset of bondage and want to go back to Egypt? It is a stronghold in your mind. Are we going to postpone and leave this to a fourth generation that needs to start all over again? Certainly not! Take up the spirit of Joshua and Caleb and do not leave things unfinished. God has given us the capacity and the grace, we can take it; it is our possession.

Let us not postpone; let us be an arrow in the quiver; sharp but balanced to hit the target.