Monday, December 15, 2014

Psalms 78:6-8 -- On Long Term Hope

"That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God."
Psalms 78:6-8

This is interesting to me, that we are supposed to teach our children about God, and pass everything along.  I think that it makes a lot of sense to bring hope to the rising generation of course, but it also strikes me as being a really long term plan of God's.  We don't learn very quickly or very well sometimes, but when he has generations to work with us, then he can do more. :)  Maybe that's one of the reasons that we got the New Testament... maybe, we as the people of earth and all the societies thereof, were finally ready for it.  It wasn't a different gospel, just a new level of it.  Like moving from first grade to second grade. :)  We made it.  We graduated. :)  But we sure didn't do it as individuals.  We did it as a whole world.  Learning, albeit really slowly, to do a little bit better, to be a little bit better.  And we still screw up, and we definitely still as a world have a long way to go... there is a lot of good, but also a lot of bad.  But that's the hope, right?  That we are part of the good, and we keep teaching it and passing it on, hoping for a better world.  It's a really slow process, because we are slow to change.  It takes us generations sometimes to adapt to a new idea or a new way of doing things.  But there is hope... in God.  That those we teach will build on what we already knew, and learn more.  That someday we as a people will be ready for a Zion society like Enoch's, where there were no poor among them.  God has so much more to teach us. :)  Let's remember that today, and work on mastering what we already know, and making sure we pass it on. :)

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