Jul 11, 2018
Joshua is growing old and becoming increasingly more aware that his days on earth are coming to an end. So, he tries to prepare the people of Israel for his eventual departure. He has led them for many years, ever since he assumed the mantel of leadership from Moses. And as Joshua attempts to leave the people with a few words of encouragement and admonition, it’s interesting to see what he focused his attention on. He knew his flock well and was fully aware of their weaknesses and shortcomings. He had spent decades attempting to lead them and keep them faithful to God, and it had not always been easy. So, he knew that upon his departure, they would be prone to follow their own desires. Joshua 23:1-16 is a powerful message from a loving shepherd to his sheep, calling them to remain true to their God. Joshua knew that disobedience to the will of God would bring the discipline of God. And he longed for his people to remain true so that they could continue to enjoy the blessings of God for generations to come.