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Joel 1:3 "Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation."


An interesting point here- is that Joel is a pretty hefty book of prophesying judgement. In just three chapters Joel warns of the invasion by Gentile nations, destruction of a nation, promise of deliverance, deliverance, judgement, and the future of Israel. 


I was reminded of the "fairy tales" that most of us heard growing up... cute little stories about pigs, and grandmothers, and grasshoppers. You get the picture- they pretty much all lived happily ever after. Then one day we find out that we weren't really told the whole story. They all started out and ended quite differently than we had been told. Then when we have children we need to decide... how do I tell the story to them? Or do I tell it at all???
In contrast- the Bible is in no way comparable to a  fairy tale. Yet if you pick up a Bible story book to read to your child- don't be surprised if the story is missing most of it's meaning. As parents- we are very concerned with protecting our children and keeping out the details of sin and judgement. But this can be a dangerous habit. While many children have been coloring unrealistic Bible story pictures and tossed candy for attendance, we have successfully turned out a generation that in many cases is void of an understanding on sin, righteousness, and judgement to come.

The truth is that not everything is going to turn out happily ever after for everyone. "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgement to be punished:" II Peter 2:9 

How do we tell this to our children? 

Prayerfully.

Carefully.

With the Bible as our guide.

We need our children to be a generation that loves God, fears God, and has a true understanding of Who He Is
 


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