Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Not One Failure Joshua 23

Joshua 23:1 "And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age."

Joshua counsels Israel.

V15 "Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you which the LORD your God promised you..."

The people of Canaan have been judged for their evil deeds, including passing their babies through the fire to please a false god. The lesson here, to Israel, is that it can happen to you. Just because good things have been promised and delivered, does not mean evil deeds will not be judged. They will be judged.

v15"....so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you."

Why would this happen?

v12 "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."

Joshua in his last counsels reviews the good things but also gives a warning and what turns out to be a prophecy concerning Israel. But a very powerful verse is included in the chapter:

v14 "And behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof."

Israel left some of the people of Canaan among them. These people kept their worship of strange gods and after intermarriage, the people succombed to temptation. They tried to have it both ways. We will see that that approach did not work well for Israel.

Psalms 19:8 "The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes."

keywords: Bible study, Old Testament, Joshua, Canaan, Israel, Milton Southerland

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