Today’s reading is: Josh. 22-24
Joshua Chapter Twenty-Two
- Following the national Conquest of the land of Canaan, Joshua dismissed Reuben, Gad, and ½ Manasseh to return to their land in the trans-Jordan (Josh. 22:1-9).
- On the way back to their own land, Reuben, Gad, and ½ Manasseh built a large replica altar at the Jordan river (Josh. 22:10).
- They did so as a memorial, to stand as a reminder of the their part in Israel to future generations (Josh. 22:21-29).
- The other 9½ tribes assumed it was an idolatrous altar (Josh. 22:11-20).
- Phinehas, and the elders of Israel accept the explanation that Reuben, Gad, & ½ Manasseh offered (Josh. 22:30,31).
- The satisfaction of Phinehas and the elders was sufficient for Israel to hold off on a planned civil war against Reuben and Gad (Josh. 22:32-34).
Joshua Chapter Twenty-Three
- Joshua prepares to die in much the same manner that Moses prepared to die—by gathering Israel together and teaching them Bible Class.
- He challenges them in the work that yet remains (Josh. 23:4,5).
- He warns them to not associate with the Canaanites (Josh. 23:6-8). They are to cling to the Lord. דָּבַק dābaq #1692: to cling, cleave, join to (Gen. 2:24).
- Past victories do not guarantee future victories. Each generation must make volitional decisions each day (Josh. 23:9-13).
- Joshua warns them that every word of the Lord is faithfully fulfilled, and that will also include their judgment if they are faithless towards Him (Josh. 23:14-16).
Joshua Chapter Twenty-Four
- Joshua gathers all Israel to Shechem, for a final Bible class in full view of Mt. Blessing and Mt. Cursing (Josh. 24:1; Josh. 8:33).
- His introduction was a Walk-Through the Bible, from the call of Abraham to the Conquest of Canaan (Josh. 24:2-13).
- You were idolaters in Ur of the Chaldees (Josh. 24:2).
- I gave Abraham the promise of land, but no land. I gave him Isaac (Josh. 24:3).
- I gave Isaac the promise of land, but no land. I gave him Jacob and Esau (Josh. 24:4a).
- I gave Esau a land grant, but sent Jacob to Egypt (Josh. 24:4b), where you became idolaters again (Josh. 24:14).
- I brought you out of Egypt, and gave you the land that was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Josh. 24:5-13).
- Like Moses did, Joseph lays it out in an either/or message (Josh. 24:14,15).
- The people promise to serve the Lord (Josh. 24:16-18).
- Joshua warns them against forsaking the Lord because of His jealousy, and points out that they still were in possession of their Egyptian idols (Josh. 24:19-24).
- Joshua recorded Israel’s promise, and established a memorial stone to bear witness to their intentions (Josh. 24:25-28).
- The Book closes with the death of Joshua, Eleazar, and that entire generation (Josh. 24:29-33).