Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:3–5
A. The first generation to occupy Canaan, was faithful to God, but the second generation forgot Him (Judges 2–3).
B. Is there any danger that this could happen in the Lord’s church?
I. The first generation in Canaan enjoyed great success.
A. One of the reasons for the success was the leadership that they had (Judges 2:6–8; Joshua 24:15).
B. This generation had witnessed the great power of God with their own eyes (Judges 2:7; Joshua 3:17).
II. The second generation was an absolute failure.
A. This generation failed to seriously consider what God had done for them (Judges 2:10; cf. Deuteronomy 6:6–12).
B. As a natural consequence, they turned from the true God and served false gods (Judges 2:11–13; cf. Matthew 6:24; Romans 6:16).
C. Israel’s failure was a direct result of their apathy toward God (Judges 2:14–15; cf. Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28).
III. God can help any generation to avoid apostasy.
A. God raised up leaders to guide Israel in the right way during their times of distress (Judges 2:16–19).
B. He tested them by means of the nations He left among them (Judges 2:20–3:4; cf. Numbers 33:55; Hebrews 12:11; James 1:2–5).
C. The day of adversity is coming for America and for the Lord’s church (2 Timothy 3:12; Ecclesiastes 7:14). Will we be ready?
A. Escaping this trend requires takes work, but it can be done.
B. Although the danger is renewed with each generation, ours must stand and wield our influence on those who follow us (Judges 2:7).