From Generation to Generation (Psalm 78:1 – 8). Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.
Psalm 78 (New American Standard Bible)
Listen, O my people, to my instruction;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
3 Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
4 We will not conceal them from their children,
But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers
That they should teach them to their children,
6 That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
7 That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,
8 And not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not prepare its heart
And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
1. People in Biblical times did not have universal access to Scripture. What took the place of history books, schools and seminaries?
2. What were your favorite stories when you were young:
- Mother Goose?
- Aesop’s Fables?
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales?
- Home-spun stories?
- Bible stories?
- Others: ___________?
3. What are the favorite stories for any children you may have (at home, in school, in church)?
4. Who is the keeper of your family stories and traditions? Do you ever hear of times when your folks or grandparents were young? What warning to future generations is implicit in their oft-repeated stories?
5. What do you know about your family history? Why is that important to you?
6. What does the psalmist say about the history of God’s family in verses 1 – 3?
7. Think about some of the oldest stories in Scripture – creation, Adam & Eve, Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel. Why is it important that these stories are not lost? Why are they meaningful today?
8. This psalm was written by Asaph. What do we know about him (1 Chronicles 6:31, 39; 1 Chronicles 15:16, 17, 19; 1 Chronicles 16:4, 5)?
9. What did Asaph say was the responsibility of the present generation of God’s family to the next generation? Briefly look at Psalms 73 – 83. How did Asaph fulfill that responsibility? How can Christians emulate his example?
10. American essayist George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” What does that mean to you?
11. Compare Santayana’s quote with Psalm 78:7, 8. In what ways are these two authors saying the same things?
These are some ways Christians/churches pass along God’s Word (and their faith) to the next generation. . .
- Vacation Bible School
- Sunday School
- children’s worship services
- parents reading the Bible to their children
- multigenerational Bible studies
- multigenerational service projects and mission trips
- mentoring between older and younger church members
- special church services where the “senior saints” of the congregation are honored and given time to offer their stories
- potluck meals and church social events that give time for older people to share their stories and their lives with younger people
1. Which of these methods does your congregation currently use to pass the Word from generation to generation?
2. In which do you currently take part? What activities could you join to help pass on God’s Word to those who are younger than you?
3. How do these methods live out Psalm 78? Which of these methods would be most effective to add to your congregation?
4. Come up with some other good methods your congregation could use that are not on this list.
5. How did God’s Word get passed on to you? Tell your story to one of your peers and/or someone younger than you?
6. Why is it important that believers continue to help the next generations learn and grow?