Monday, January 18, 2010

The Choice of a New Generation

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; (27) A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: (28) And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

My title comes from a Pepsi Ad campaign from 1985 that was titled, "Pepsi, the choice of a new generation." The thought was that the "older" generation had already made their soft drink choice, but the next generation was choosing something different.

We see the same principle unfold before us in our text today. Moses is encouraging the next generation of Israelites who were preparing themselves to cross the Jordan into the Promise Land. They had a choice to make. Their fathers chose the curse, and died in the wilderness for it. But they had the power to make a new choice and obey the Lord and receive the blessing.

Today, we have the choice before us. It was Joshua, who leads this group over the Jordan Rive, that challenged them while on his death bed with this statement: choose you this day whom ye will serve.

Maybe you are reading this and you did not grow up in a Christian home with parents who took you every week to a Bible teaching and believing church. Do not despair, serving the Lord can be your "choice of a new generation."

1 comment:

  1. ... choose you this day whom ye will serve ... as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
    (Joshua 24:15 KJV)