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Summary: God has chosen this generation, though they appear defiant, disinterested, and dysfunctional to be a delivering generation of earthmovers like Othniel and Ehud in the book of Judges that will fulfill God’s purpose and plan to deliver an oppressed people.

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Elder M. Edmunds

Co-Pastor of United Ordained Church

June 2002

This morning, I would like to concentrate on verse thirty-one of our text. For it is the foundation, in which I will elucidate and bring relevance by building from, to encourage our youth today, who are experiencing many uncertainties, pressures, and challenges in this chaotic matrix, which we call society.

For it says, “Your little ones, which ye said should be prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised – or rejected” (Num 14:31).

There are those in our day, like the historic Israelites, that have predicted that this generation (meaning our youth today) is a marked generation. The mark they are referring to is for failure and demise.

Their deduction is based on this generation’s response to the prevailing stimuli of peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, gangs, and promiscuity, which is diminishing their future or destiny.

However, I am convinced that God has chosen this generation, though they appear defiant, disinterested, and dysfunctional to be a delivering generation of earthmovers like Othniel and Ehud in the book of Judges that will fulfill God’s purpose and plan to deliver an oppressed people.

For this generation is a generation of warriors. Though now they appear to be warring against our perspective, our principles, and our positions of authority, God is about to change their nature and transform their character for His purpose all just because they posses a significant quality or ingredient, and that is of a warrior.

For the truth be told, we all experience many uncertainties and challenges on a constant basis; and those challenges or stimuli, as I prefer, has worn many of us down to the point were we lost our vigor to stand and fight for what is right.

Many of us have allowed our society and political influences to conform us to see things as gray; for anything goes. For what we stood for yesterday, we question today.

Now we live life as status quo; the existing state of unprogressive, ineffective affairs, which God is unpleased with. Our combativeness, our resilience, and our passion to press to receive the promise of God have diminished to complacency.

And complacency will cause stagnation or a mind regression. You begin to think you are unable to achieve your goals or materialize your dreams and vision due to circumstances of your past. This was the problem of Israel. They could not trust God. They only viewed themselves as grasshoppers…

Therefore, as our text states, God is about to enable a younger generation, which we have characterized as defiant, disinterested, and dysfunctional, to affect the environs and manifest God’s glory and purpose.

And because He looks beyond the outward appearance and views the heart, and sees this generation’s untapped source of excitement, zeal, and strength to war against any opposing threat, He is about to use them for a greater purpose to posses the land for the kingdom or rule of God.

Some may ask how, for they seem unlikely. However, let me remind you, God likes to take the unexpected things of this world to confound the wise: He likes to give the unexpected the power to do the extraordinary.


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