THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

Each day a devotion for one or two chapters is posted, beginning with chapter one of Genesis and going through chapter twenty-two of Revelation. You are free to print each page as it appears. If you miss a day, you may contact us and request that devotion. Please send your request, along with $.50 (p&h) for each page to:

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JOSHUA

CHAPTER 24

1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.

Now Joshua gathers ALL the peole (not just elders) to listen. And he makes sure that they present themselves before God in prayer.

2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. 3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. 4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. 5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out. 6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea. 7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season. 8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: 10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand. 11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand. 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. 13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

Joshua recounts briefly the historical events which have led up to this moment.
Notice the statement, "Thus saith the Lord God of Israel.."
Joshua wants them to understand that God has and IS speaking to them.
Notice also that it is GOD Who is given the credit for leading Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the nation of Israel.
Do we REALLY realize through God, "..all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are the called according to His purpose..."? (Romans 8:28)
It is DIVINE GRACE that has brought you where you are today Christian - not your own decisions nor prowess nor power.

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)

14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

THEREFORE - "fear" or honor/reverence God in sincerity and in truth. Keep far away from you all other superstitions and decadent religious beliefs. Serve the Lord God ONLY!
This is the conclusion of a LIFETIME from a man who has followed God in obedience all his life.

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Make your choice THIS day!! Notice Joshua's determined leadership here. He says, "YOU can make your choice, but as for ME and MY HOUSE - we WILL SERVE the LORD!!"
A choice to hear God, and even to believe about him brings no rewards without a choice to SERVE Him! Joshua knew that. And that's why he said make the choice to SERVE God or not.
Many people have a mind-acceptance of Jesus as a person who really died at Calvary, and may even accept the fact that He was raised from the dead. They ACCEPT it, but do not SERVE Him!
Therefore, there is no SURRENDER in their lives. And they do not live as He describes. And there is no salvation in that!

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

Salvation is not granted to a person upon "mind-acceptance." Salvation is granted upon SURRENDER!
And surrender to the LORDSHIP of Jesus shows up in SERVANTSHIP!

16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: 18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.

Now the people answer with a commitment to "serve the Lord." And they acknowledge that God has granted them the grace that brought them to this land, and the strength to conquer it.

19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

He who is committed to God will be tested in faith. Joshua puts the test before them. He tells them they cannot serve God by holding to the religious traditions of their Egyptian heritage or holding onto the religious traditions of the Canaanites. They must "put away" the strange gods and serve the LORD GOD only.
God is jealous concerning His people, and He will discipline those who own Him, then turn from Him (Exodus 20:4-5).
This is the hard part of serving God. We cannot do it faithfully because we are always sinners. And God cannot tolerate sin. Therefore, He is bound to chastise us when we sin, and we must be bound to ACCEPT it just as a child accepts his parent's chastisement.

21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God. 28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.

The people answered they were ready to serve God only, and quite willing to accept all that goes with that. Joshua wrote their covenant with God down in the "book of the law" (which was deposited in the ark of the covenant).
Then Joshua inscribed the covenant on a stone which was put in a special place near the tabernacle as a reminder (memorial, monument).
(((See Daniel 12:1, Revelation 20:14-15)))
After this solemn occasion, which no doubt affected the hearts of all involved in a significant way, Joshua sent them to their home.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2Corinthians 5:17)

29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash. 31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. 32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. 33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.

Joshua had been a great leader in Israel. He had lived 110 years and had served faithfully in God's calling. But he still died and his flesh was corrupted in the tomb.
Joseph had also been a faithful leader in God's calling, but he too had died. He had been given great respect, and Israel had carried his bones out of Egypt. Now they burned them with great solemnity in the field that his father had purchased from Hamor many, many years before.
Eleazar, Aaron's son, was a faithful leader in God's calling, but he also died, was buried and his flesh corrupted.
But the impact of all these men upon Israel was this:

"And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshuah, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua.." (Verse 31).

May all who come behind US find US FAITHFUL!!

Hebrews 11:4 says of Abel that "...he being dead yet speaketh."
And it is the same with these men mentioned in Joshua 24. Their lives were a testimony to faithfulness in God. And those who lived after them were affected by their lives.
While we cannot make the choices for others, we can put the choice to follow God before them. And we can give them an example of faithfulness to follow by the correct living of OUR own lives.

THAT is our CHARGE from the book of Joshua!!

Please continue to follow along with us in Bible Study.