Consider these two verses:
Joshua: 24.31: Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the LORD did for Israel.
Judges 2.10-11: ... And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel. 11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.
They say that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. For God’s people those who forget their history are doomed to be disciplined by it. Joshua and Judges present us with 2 very different pictures of life before God. Together they illustrate the benefit and blessing that awaits those who “keep the faith” and the peril that awaits those who forget. Let’s use our May readings as an opportunity for the Lord to remind us why it is so important to read the Scriptures so that we do not become a generation who forgets!