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Committed Obedience

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Joshua-Moses assistant and successor

One of only two adults who experienced Egyptian slavery and lived to enter the Promised Land

Led the Israelites into their God-given homeland

Brilliant military strategist

Faithful to ask God’s direction in the challenges he faced

Moses assistant and successor

Effective leadership is often the product of good preparation and encouragement

The persons after whom we pattern ourselves will have a definite effect on us.

One of only two adults who experienced Egyptian slavery and lived to enter the Promised Land

A person committed to God provides the best model for us.

Led the Israelites into their God-given homeland

Was commited to obeying God

Brilliant military strategist
Faithful to ask God’s direction in the challenges he faced
Effective leadership is often the product of good preparation and encouragement
The persons after whom we pattern ourselves will have a definite effect on us.
A person committed to God provides the best model for us.
Was commited to obeying God
The key to His success was His submission to God. When God spoke, Joshua listened and obeyed. Joshua’s obedience served as a model. As a result, Israel remained faithful to God throughout Joshua’s lifetime.

Background of the Book of Joshua

The book of Joshua is divided into two main parts. The first narrates the events surrounding the Jordan River on the dry ground, the Israelites camped near the mighty city of Jericho. God commanded the people to conquer Jericho by marching around the city 13 times, blowing trumpets, and shouting because they followed God’s unique battle strategy, they won. After the destruction of Jericho, they set out against the small town of Ai. Their first attack was driven back because one of the Israelites (Achan) had sinned. After the men of Israel stoned Achan and his family, purging the community of its sin-the Israelites succeeded in capturing Ai. In their next battle against the Amorites, God provided extended daylight to aid them in their victory. Finally, after defeating other assorted Canaanites led by Jabin and his allies they possessed most of the land.
Part two of the book of Joshua record the assignment and settlement of the captured territory. The book concludes with Joshua’s farewell address and his death.

Joshua’s charge and response (14-18)

Serve God exclusively
Fear the Lord is not blind leap of faith, they saw God’s works and experience His blessings, so it made sense for them to exclusively serve a God who had done so much for them.
Serve God exclusively-In light of their history (), the Israelites must decide to recommit themselves to following Yahweh.
Choose God or choose your alternative
Joshua commands them to choose whom you will serve, not if you will serve. We will serve someone, either the devil or the Lord. We really are not left the option of not serving anyone.
The choice is yours. Will it be God or the devil?
Joshua exercised his leadership as the priest of his family to commit himself and his household to serve the Lord. His relationship with God was not based on any man, but the Lord alone and he would serve God no matter what anyone else did.
The way, we live shows others the strength of our commitment to serving God.
The nation response, they will serve the Lord
Their declaration is based on God’s past dealings with them. How could they not serve such a great God?
This is essentially the same attitude reflected by Jesus disciples in : “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the word of eternal life.” If serving God sometime seems hard, think of the alternatives.

Joshua’s rhetorical skepticism (19-24)

Joshua cautions against a lightly made commitment
Joshua is not trying to discourage their faith, but trying to discourage a light commitment to following the Lord. They need to be reminded that they are serving God under a covenant that promised they would be cursed for disobedience. Jesus expressed the same kind of warning for total commitment in .
This was the response Joshua wanted: a commitment, but made with full understanding of the consequences.
The people accept themselves and their testimony as a witness that their promise to serve the Lord is true.
They did not keep their promise. Very soon God would charge them with breaking their contract (). Talk is cheap. It is easy to say we will follow God, but it is much more important to live like it.
Joshua told the Israelites to destroy their foreign god or idols. To follow God requires destroying whatever gets in the way of worshipping Him.
We have our own form of idols-greed, wrong priorities, jealousies, prejudices that get in the way of worshipping God. God is not satisfied if we merely hide these idols. We must completely remove them from our lives.
The people do not respond to any specifics that Joshua has commanded.
They only repeat their earlier promise to serve the Lord. Their obedience is optimistic, their response in not like Jacob’s family who buried all their images and cultic items at Shechem (). It suggest that, whatever loyalty the people swore, they kept their images and symbols of other deities. Deeds, in addition to word, were essential to demonstrate their faith. The people did nothing. For the Christian, is also the expectation that service must accompany pronouncements of faith ().
They did not keep their promise. Very soon God would charge them with breaking their contract (). Talk is cheap. It is easy to say we will follow God, but it is much more important to live like it.

Formal renewal of the covenant (25-28)

After the people’s second affirmation (19-24), Joshua led them in a covenant renewal ceremony.
Joshua’s writing of the covenant gave it a permanent and fixed authority. It would be available for study and consultation. For ancient Israel, the writing and preservation of the covenant made it accessible to as many people as possible. For the Christian, the Word of God is the written covenant. its accessibility is essential to its use as a guide for faith and life.
We should not fall short on our own need to re-establish our own covenant with the Lord. We can spend so much time on the means that we forget the end, to glorify God.
Joshua explains to the people the meaning of the stone which he had set up. The stone would be a witness against the people if they should deny their God. As a memorial of what had taken place, the stone had heard all the words which the Lord had addressed to Israel, and could bear witness against the people, that they might not deny their God.
Joshua sends the nation to occupy their inheritance. Having completed the covenant with God, there now begins the work of living faithfully in the land.
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