All that generation also were gathered to their fathers;
and there arose another generation after them
who did not know the LORD,
nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.
The children did not do well, because they did not know two things:
First, they did not know the Lord.
Second, they did not know the Lord's works.
But God gave ways that the children could know God and His works.
God gave a map (Joshua 4:6-7):
"Let this be a sign among you, so that WHEN YOUR CHILDREN ask later, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?' then you shall say to them, 'Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.' So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever."
The Map: "Daddy, what is this stone?" God gave memorial signs so that every generation could know God and know His works. There were stones next to the Jordan River. There were trees planted in Beersheba, There was a stone in Bethel. Memorials are scattered throughout the land of Israel placed by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua and others. The map of Israel is one memorial road map to direct children's hearts to God and His marvelous works. If the parents taught the wonder and amazement of God every day they walked and talked with their children, the children would know God and His works.
Be occupied with God and His works, not real estate, sports and politics when you walk and talk with your children. Your talk will be the occupation and life of your children.
God gave a calendar (Exodus 12:26-27):
"And WHEN YOUR CHILDREN say to you, 'What does this rite mean to you?' you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'" And the people bowed low and worshiped.
The Calendar: "Daddy, what is this day?" God gave memorials on the calendar of Israel for the children. The same sense of wonder and amazement that made the parents fall on their faces in worship to God should be passed on to the children when they ask about the memorial celebrations.
For Christians, God gave one memorial day on the first day of the week. Your children are studying your amazement or lack of amazement at the Breaking of Bread. They are watching if you bring sacrifices to this meal or come empty-handed. They are learning to value God and His works by the way you value God and His works as you remember Him.
"Daddy, what is this day?" Children can know the Lord. Children can know the works of the Lord.
For me to live is Christ.