Tag: Joshua 22-24

“As for me and my House”

Scripture reading for March 8th: Joshua 22-24

I like it when someone takes a stand!  Its been said that “if you don’t stand for something, then you will fall for anything.”  I  am not ashamed to tell people that I love Jesus Christ!  I also have repeatedly told my children that our family serves the Lord and we are known as followers of Christ.  I believe in confessing this publicly!  I don’t want the Lord to be ashamed of me because I have been ashamed of Him! (Luke 9:26)

In our reading today Joshua is giving his farewell address to the people.  He had lived a hundred and ten years and was wise about the tendencies of his brothers and sisters.  He knew by personal experience that they were stubborn and rebellious.  He was making a strong statement to those he was leaving behind to provoke them to serve the Lord.

The closing chapter records the famous confession of Joshua:”. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)  This confession has stood over the years as a beacon to fathers, pastors, and those who fear the Lord.  It brought a positive statement from the Israelites as well!  (Joshua 24:16-18)  After the positive response,  why does Joshua speak negatively about the people’s ability to follow through with serving the Lord?  Joshua states:  “You are not able to serve the Lord.  He is a holy God; he is a jealous God.  He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.  If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end to you, after he has been good to you.” (Joshua 24:19-20)

I believe that Joshua knew these people too well.  He also had Moses’ song and God’s prophetic word that warned of these people’s future unfaithfulness.  (Deuteronomy 32:15-22)   Joshua also knew God’s holiness and his jealous nature!  (Exodus 34:14)  God would not put up with these sins.  This is God’s way of helping His people and showing them love!

Take time today to make a strong confession of faith to someone close to you who needs to hear it!  Use Joshua’s challenge and pray that it will provoke a response of positive confession in those you speak it to!  “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”

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Me and My House

Scripture reading for March 9th: Joshua 22-24

Covenant commitment makes a difference in our lives and in the life of our family.  When the head of a house stands true to serving God, the home is much more likely to be godly and continue in godliness.  When the man of a house boldly commits to follow God, wife and children most likely will follow.  When the head of a nation commits to follow God, the people will also follow.  Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.  Some commitments are not as sincere as others.  It is a matter of the heart!

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to  you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Joshua made a strong appeal to his fellow Israelites to make a choice of who to worship.  It was not like he was proposing a choice that didn’t matter to him, for he was clear in his decision.  The Israelites were prone to making decisions by their feelings or the traditions of the past instead of make choices because of principle and truth.  They would serve false gods if they failed to serve and worship the Lord of heaven and earth.  What you worship you will serve.  Feelings will follow decisions and to make no decision is also a choice that leads the wrong direction.

The people responded positively, “We too will serve the Lord, because He is our God.”  Joshua countered their initial confession by speaking a warning to them.  He warned them that in their own strength, they would fail to serve and worship the Lord.  He was (and is) a holy and jealous God!

Joshua further warned them to throw away their foreign gods and yield their hearts to the Lord. (Joshua 24:23)   They must fully turn away from idolatry and embrace God with their hearts.  These timely words of Joshua from over 3400 years ago speak loudly to us today.  Our Joshua, Jesus Christ, fully committed to His Father and declared that He and His house would serve the Lord!  We are that house!  Is there anything you need to get rid of today in order to fully commit to Him?

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“As for me and my house!”

Scripture reading for March 9: Joshua 22-24

I like it when someone takes a stand!  Its been said that “if you don’t stand for something, then you will fall for anything.”  I  am not ashamed to tell people that I love Jesus Christ!  I often confess this when I speak to people.  I also have repeatedly told my children that our family serves the Lord and we are known as followers of Christ.  I believe in confessing this publicly!  I don’t want the Lord to be ashamed of me because I have been ashamed of Him! (Luke 9:26)

In our reading today Joshua is giving his farewell address to the people God had allowed him the privilege of leading.  He had lived a hundred and ten years and was wise about the tendencies of his brothers and sisters.  He knew by personal experience that they were stubborn and rebellious.  He was making a strong statement to those he was leaving behind to provoke them to serve the Lord.  There is something about confessing our convictions that helps us to be more established in them.  When we take a public stand and let others hear our heart, it is harder to go back on our word.  Life and death are in the power of our tongue. (Proverbs 18:21)  The tongue is like the rudder of a ship that directs our life.  (James 3:4-5)

The closing chapter records the famous confession of Joshua:”. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)  This confession has stood over the years as a beacon to fathers, pastors, and those who fear the Lord.  It brought a positive statement from the Israelites as well!  (Joshua 24:16-18)  After the positive response,  why does Joshua speak negatively about the people’s ability to follow through with serving the Lord?  Joshua states:  “You are not able to serve the Lord.  He is a holy God; he is a jealous God.  He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.  If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end to you, after he has been good to you.” (Joshua 24:19-20)

I believe that Joshua knew these people too well.  He also had Moses’ song and God’s prophetic word that told of these people’s future unfaithfulness.  (Deuteronomy 32:15-22)  God had warned these leaders so that they could do what they could to preach and prepare the people to avoid these temptations of idolatry and unfaithfulness.  Joshua also knew God’s holiness and his jealous nature!  (Exodus 34:14)  God would not put up with these sins.  Good preaching exposes sin and rebellion and leads people to repentance.  This is God’s way of helping His people and showing them love!

Take time today to make a strong confession of faith to someone close to you who needs to hear it!  Use Joshua’s challenge and pray that it will provoke a response of positive confession in those you speak it to!  “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”

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