Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.
2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac,
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!
We continue our 15 week ‘Bible overview’ series.
God brought Israel through the sea in order to bring them to the land he had promised to Abraham and his descendants. They were to live as God’s special people in this land he had given them. The promises to Abraham were beginning to be fulfilled: there was a nation of descendants who were to receive the Promised Land.
God planted his people in a place where they could go out to the ends of the earth. Isn’t that what we see in the Great Commission – to go out – to take the good news to the ends of the earth.
Sometimes God will take us into the desert to remind us that his promises are true that they alone are what sustains us. God alone saves us – we don’t save ourselves. If it were up to us we would not chose heaven.
Our response to the Lord ought to be similar to or even greater than the Israelites’ response: “And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him.”
Foundation to Fulfilment
On a weekly basis:
- Who God is
- What God does
- How God works
- Why it matters