And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 years. And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers.
And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.
Judges 2.8-10, ESV
What is the tragedy in the above passage? Joshua’s death? The death of the conquering generation?
The tragedy is in the last verse: “there arose a generation… who did not know the Lord. How did this happen? How did all those people grow up ignorant of God? Do you think they were completely clueless? Our conclusions are, of course, speculative. I suspect they knew about God on some small level, but…
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