Pass It Down

The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.  Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land.  Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?  Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

Joel 1:1-3

I thought it was interesting that the Lord would tell the Israelites to pass down a message of judgment to their children and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren.  I can understand passing down a message of peace and hope and mercy.  But why would God want them to pass down a message of judgment?

I think that the simple answer would be that the message of judgment is an important one.  It is far more pleasant to speak of the Lord’s mercy, goodness and love.  There is nothing at all wrong with speaking of those things.  In fact, we should be speaking of them constantly, thanking and praising the Lord for all of them and telling others about them.  But that is not the entire story.  There is also a message of judgment, a message that has too often been lost in today’s society.

II Corinthians 5:11 tells us that “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”   Hebrews 9:27 says that “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”  There is a coming judgment, and it will not be a pleasant one.  We will have to stand before the Lord and answer for the things we have done with what He has given us.  There is a coming judgment and we should be warning people about it.  Fortunately, God is merciful and longsuffering.  There is hope.  But, just as God told the Israelites, we should be passing down a warning of the judgment to come to future generations.

6 responses to this post.

  1. An encouraging post, and it helps to keep things in perspective. God is loving, merciful, and forgiving, but that doesn’t cancel out the fact that He hates sin. Thanks for the reminder.


    • I think that thinking about God’s judgment makes His love, mercy and forgivness seem all the more wonderful. And I think it helps us to want to live a more pure life.


  2. Thank you, Ben

    What Jess said.

    “lest we forget…”



  3. Another amen to this post and Jess! 🙂 God bless you as you tell the whole story.


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