Joshua’s Reminder


Joshua’s Reminder
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Read Joshua
23:1-16
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“So be very careful to follow everything Moses
wrote in the Book of
Instruction. Do not deviate from it, turning either to
the right or to the
left. Make sure you do not associate with the other
people still remaining in
the land. Do not even mention the names of their gods, much less swear by them
or serve them or worship them. Rather, cling
tightly to the LORD your God as
you have done until now.

“For the LORD
has driven out great and powerful nations for you, and no one
has yet been
able to defeat you. Each one of you will put to flight a thousand
of the
enemy, for the LORD your God fights for you, just as he has promised.
So be
very careful to love the LORD your God.

“But if you turn away from him
and cling to the customs of the survivors of
these nations remaining among
you, and if you intermarry with them, then know
for certain that the LORD
your God will no longer drive them out of your land.
Instead, they will be a
snare and a trap to you, a whip for your backs and
thorny brambles in your
eyes, and you will vanish from this good land the LORD
your God has given
you.

“Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your
hearts
you know that every promise of the LORD your God has come true. Not a
single
one has failed! But as surely as the LORD your God has given you the
good
things he promised, he will also bring disaster on you if you disobey
him. He
will completely destroy you from this good land he has given you. If
you break
the covenant of the LORD your God by worshiping and serving other
gods, his
anger will burn against you, and you will quickly vanish from the
good land he
has given you.” / (Joshua
23:6-16)

Reflect
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Joshua was dying and so he called all the
leaders of the nation together to
give them his final words of encouragement
and instruction. His whole message
can be summarized in this verse, “Cling
tightly to the LORD your God.” Knowing
the nation’s weak spots, Joshua gave
commands to help them where they were
most likely to slip: (1) follow all
that is written in the Book of the Law of
Moses without turning aside; (2)
don’t associate with the pagan nations or
worship their gods; (3) don’t
intermarry with the pagan nations.

This chilling prediction about the
consequences of intermarriage with the
Canaanite nations eventually became a
reality. Numerous stories in the book of
Judges show what Israel had to
suffer because of failure to follow God
wholeheartedly.

Joshua’s
faithfulness to God had been a living example of his words in this
passage,
and he wanted that to be his legacy. Joshua understood what the
sources of
temptation were that surrounded him and the rest of the
people.

Respond
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What do you want to be remembered for, and
what do you want to pass on to your
children and associates? You will face
temptations too. Do you know what they
are? Think of someone who knows you
well. What would this person say are your
“weak spots”? Be aware of these,
and be prepared to resist temptations in
those areas. Your life can be a legacy that encourages others to cling to God.

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