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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Joshua

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CONTEXT

Part 4: Ch.23,24: Finale of Joshua

Ch.23 – Joshua's Farewell to the Leaders

Ch.24 – The Covenant Renewed at Shechem

 

 

FRAMEWORKS: Joshua 23: Joshua's Farewell to the Leaders

 

v.1,2 Joshua calls all the ‘top people' together

v.3-5 Reminder of what has happened

v.6-8 Call to obey the Lord and His Law

v.9-11 Reminder of the Lord's power fighting for them

v.12,13 Warning not to mix with the remaining inhabitants of the Land

v.14 Remember all God's Good Promises have been fulfilled

v.15,16 Remember also His warnings of disobedience

 

v.1,2 Joshua calls all the ‘top people' together

 

v.1 After a long time had passed and the Lord had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man,

v.2 summoned all Israel — their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to them: “I am very old.

 

[Note: Joshua realises his days are running out and with a good pastoral heart of a leader, wants to challenge and encourage Israel one last time.]

 

 

v.3-5 Reminder of what has happened

 

v.3 You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God who fought for you.

v.4 Remember how I have allotted as an inheritance for your tribes all the land of the nations that remain—the nations I conquered—between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea in the west.

v.5 The Lord your God himself will push them out for your sake. He will drive them out before you, and you will take possession of their land, as the Lord your God promised you.

 

[Note: He first of all reminds them of their experiences with the Lord who gave them victory over their enemies and brought them to this place and point of time in history.]

 

 

v.6-8 Call to obey the Lord and His Law

 

v.6 “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.

v.7 Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.

v.8 But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now.

 

[Note: Now though, the most important thing is that they continue to obey the Lord and the Law and remain distinct from the various peoples still around them.]

 

 

v.9-11 Reminder of the Lord's power fighting for them

 

v.9 “The Lord has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you.

v.10 One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised.

v.11 So be very careful to love the Lord your God.

 

[Note: Again, with a reminder of the past, he challenges them to remember it was the Lord who helped them triumph over those peoples.]

 

 

v.12,13 Warning not to mix with the remaining inhabitants of the Land

 

v.12 “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,

v.13 then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the Lord your God has given you.

 

[Note: Next comes the warning: if you forget all this and link yourselves to these people they will bring you down and you will perish.]

 

 

v.14 Remember all God's Good Promises have been fulfilled

 

v.14 “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.

 

[Note: Realise that everything God promised has come about.]

 

 

v.15,16 Remember also His warnings of disobedience

 

v.15 But just as all the good things the Lord your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the Lord your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you.

v.16 If you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord 's anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.”

 

[Note: But don't forget as well as promises of blessings there were promises [warnings] of bad if they turn away from the Lord and turn to other gods.]

   

CONTINUE TO CHAPTER 24