As teachers, sometimes we do not see beyond the members of our Bible class and include in our vision their family and friends for generations to come.
The LORD wanted Abraham and his descendants to remember that what they did or refused to do would have an influence on others for generations to come. God gave Abraham and his descendants a covenant and told them “you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for generations to come” (Genesis 17:9).
Today, as Christians, we live under the New Covenant that Jesus made and ratified when He died and rose again. The Old Testament points to that new covenant and the New Testament reveals its fulfillment: “the new covenant is established on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).
When we teach from the Bible, as teachers we are keeping an important part of the new covenant and we are influencing generations to come as those we teach pass what they learn from the Bible on to their family and friends. When we pray for our class before we teach, let’s remember to pray for our class members’ descendants and the generations to come: “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).
May God continue to bless your teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!
For the love of God's Word,