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Joshua 23 [Read]
Joshua 24 [Read]
Luke 6:27-49 [Read]
Joshua was old and well advanced in years (23:1). Just like his mentor and predecessor Moses, Joshua was “about to go the way of all the earth” (23:14). Throughout his life, he had been a faithful follower of the LORD and his mentor Moses. He had done everything the LORD commanded Moses and himself, and he had accomplished the great task of leading the sons of Israel into the Promised Land. Fighting the enemies for God and his people marked the main mission of Joshua’s life, and he finally came to the point that he might rest in the LORD.
How can we best characterize Joshua’s life? It could be conquering, for he was given the task to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land and drove out all the Canaanites. It could be allotment, for he was the one who divided the land for the Israelites according to God’s command. However, the word came to my mind was continuation. Joshua never struck me as a towering figure like Moses, and he needed repeated encouragement from God to “be strong and courageous” (1:6, 9, 18). Nevertheless, “he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses” (11:15). He clearly understood what his calling and assignment was, which was to continue what Moses left off, and he did it faithfully and marvelously.
Just like his mentor, Joshua now faced an important moment. It was the last chance for him to encourage and admonish the sons of Israel, and he needed to convey that one thing precipitated from his whole life of following the LORD. What was it? He called all the tribes of Israel to Shechem (23:1) and, after reminding them their national history, he concluded with “Serve the LORD!” Indeed, the LORD had done great wonders to give them the land their ancestor dreamed of. What else could they do besides “fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness” (24:14)?
For those who are reading this devotion, God has also done great wonders in our life. It may be healing our illnesses, saving our marriage, giving our jobs, or changing our life. No matter what, he has touched our soul somewhere in the past with his mighty power, just like he led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. What is the reasonable and honorable thing for us to do? I don’t know about you, but “as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD”.
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