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January 14, 2018

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Reading along with us in Joshua? Here’s today’s reading:

Joshua 24 (ESV)

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac. And to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it, and afterward I brought you out.....Continue Reading

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  1. 15And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

    23He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” 2

  2. The people gather at Shechem, a Levitical city as well as a city of refuge. Chapter 23 gives Joshua’s final words to Israel, chapter 24 gives God’s final words to them through Joshua. He gives them a history lesson. Look at how far you have come and how far I have brought you. Remember who we have defeated to give you confidence and direction for who you need to still defeat. Joshua affirms once again that he and his house will serve the Lord. But knowing the people’s tendency to disobey, he doesn’t accept their commitment to follow God so readily. Are you sure you will be faithful? But they say yes, so Joshua does what he can to foster it. He renews the covenant and puts a marker down to remind them. Don’t forget what you have promised.

    The one glaring thing to me here is that Joshua and God do not identify a successor. Because God is their king and the battle is won, they shouldn’t need one, but isn’t it clear from what happens next in Judges they could have used one? The high priest continues as the primary conduit to God, but the central military leader and “political” guide is gone. Each tribe has it’s own leadership and that is intended to be the pattern as God is intended to be that unifying influence and King. Interesting…..

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