March 21, 2006
Read Joshua 22
Two and one-half tribes build an altar, then return east of the
When God told Joshua: Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses (Joshua 1:3), Joshua did not merely "trust the Lord" that He would force the Canaanites to voluntarily give up their land. The fact is, the Israelites received their inheritance by faith; but they were to fight for every foot of land that God had promised them.
After about seven years, the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua had conquered
The Israelites' greatest danger was yet to be faced. Joshua said unto the people. . . . If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange (foreign) gods, then He will . . . do you hurt (bring disaster), and consume (destroy) you, after that He hath done you good. . . . Now therefore put away . . . the strange gods which are among you, and incline (yield) your heart unto the LORD God of
We too need to be reminded daily to incline our heart to the LORD. What a tragedy that so many people assume once a person has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, he has nothing to do but "just leave everything up to the Lord." The truth is, the Lord has left it up to us. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt (belted) about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench (put out, extinguish) all the fiery darts (arrows, shots) of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:13-17).
22:10 to see to = for all to see (compare 22:27); 22:29 meat offerings = cereal (grain); 23:1waxed old = grew old; 23:8 cleave = remain faithful.
Through the peace offering (Joshua 22:27). Our Lord offered Himself to God as our means of peace with the Father. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).
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Memory Verse for the Week: Joshua 22:5