Saturday, April 3, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Seventy-Four

Day Seventy-Four, Joshua 22-24

Today’s reading includes Joshua’s farewell address to the people of Israel. Interesting that he offers the people the same warnings that Moses did about turning away from the Lord to worship idols. He reminds the people, again, 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.” (Let me just say that God keeps His promises. Always. Can I get an amen?)

Joshua also offers the people the same choice that Moses did. Moses encouraged the people to choose life over death…but ultimately, the choice was theirs. In the same way, in today’s reading, we find what strike me as some of the strongest words of conviction in the Bible. Powerful stuff:

“Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 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.

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