Joshua 23

Joshua 23 has this leader “old and well advanced in years” and he is giving his people some last instructions before he dies.  He begins by reminding them “you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the Lord your God who has fought for you”.  The children of God have had an amazing transition.  They were camped in the wilderness for 40 years waiting for God’s timing to enter the Promised Land.  And when that time came, Joshua led them to victory and “allotted to you as an inheritance” which he reminds them of here.

He challenges them along with the reminder.  “You shall possess their land, just as the Lord your God promised you”.  Let’s face it.  They are set up for life if they just do what God demands.  “Therefore, be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left….you shall cling to the Lord your God”.  It is pretty simple.  God has blessed them with a land of their own.  Joshua has apportioned it out and everyone has a place just as God promised.  Now they simply have to walk with Him in obedience.

The plan is pretty simple.  “Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God….if you turn back and cling to the remnant of these nations….so that you associate with them and they with you, know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you”.  Joshua warns the people.  They have to stay focused on making God the center of their lives.  They can’t allow the false gods and idols of those around them to take them off course.  God made a covenant but it has requirements – they have to be faithful to Him and Him alone.

God demands His people be holy.  He has been faithful to them, and expects the same in return.  “Not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed….if you transgress the covenant….you shall perish quickly”.  There is a requirement to keep what God has given them.   It is not optional nor can it be something that is hit or miss.  God expects it from us constantly. It is obedience!

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