Joshua’s Admonition


Joshua 23.4-13 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward.  And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you.  Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;  That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:  But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.  For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.  One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.  Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.  Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:  Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

In the book bearing his name, Joshua was “old and stricken with age.” He called together all Israel, with its leaders, to give them final reminders, admonitions, and comfort.

He warns them not to mix in with the remnant of the nations that God had driven out, and among whom they lived: Do not make mention of the name of their gods nor swear by them or serve them or bow down unto them, do not marry among them, do not go in unto them or they to you.

Joshua’s admonitions to God’s people pertains to us today. We are God’s people. God Himself has driven out all our enemies from within us, and we belong to Him. We serve Him only. We are not to entertain notions of the gods around us (money, fame, entertainment, drugs, alcohol, food); we are to find our delight only in Him.

Because God is all our delight. Find your comfort, your delight, your joy, your peace and education and enlightenment, your fulfillment, in Jehovah God, and Him alone.

9 thoughts on “Joshua’s Admonition

  1. Such a relevant message! There are so many distractions…I often find myself distracted and have to remind myself that these other things aren’t as important as Christ. We are His! And that is the truest blessing!

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