Serve The Lord!

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    Joshua continues his final words in this chapter and his death and burial are recorded
    at the end of the chapter. Joshua reminds Israel of all that God has done for them.
    God brought them up out of Egypt by sending the plagues. God protected them as the
    fled Egypt and the Egyptians chased after them. God allowed them to conquer all of
    their foes on the way to Canaan. God allowed them to conquer Canaan.
    Then Joshua pleas with the people to give up the false gods of Egypt and serve the one
    a true God of heaven. It seems like this should be a given, yet the people had spent
    their whole lives serving false gods and some of them had only recently been shown
    the power of the true God. Why was is so hard for some of them to let go of their false
    gods? While we usually don’t have literal idols today, we still struggle with false gods.
    Why is it so hard for us to give up our false gods and serve the true and living God.
    Sometimes our god is our job, our friends, or family. Yet the god that I see more people
    serving than any other god in our world today is money. Many people will do anything
    for money including compromising their integrity, values, and morals. False gods did
    not redeem us. False gods will not save us, and unless we turn away from them the
    true God will not deliver us either.
    JOSHUA 24
    [24:1] Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the
    elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they
    presented themselves before God. [2] And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says
    the LORD God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the
    father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other
    gods. [3] ‘Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him
    throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac.
    [4] ‘To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir to possess,
    but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. [5] ‘Also I sent Moses and Aaron, and I
    plagued Egypt, according to what I did among them. Afterward I brought you out.
    [6] ‘Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; and the
    Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. [7] ‘So they
    cried out to the LORD; and He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, brought
    the sea upon them, and covered them. And your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then
    you dwelt in the wilderness a long time. [8] ‘And I brought you into the land of the
    Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the Jordan, and they fought with you. But I
    gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land, and I destroyed them from
    before you. [9] ‘Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose to make war against
    Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. [10] ‘But I would not
    listen to Balaam; therefore he continued to bless you. So I delivered you out of his
    hand. [11] ‘Then you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho. And the men of
    Jericho fought against you—also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the
    Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I delivered them into your
    hand. [12] ‘I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the
    two kings of the Amorites, but not with your sword or with your bow. [13] ‘I have given
    you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell
    in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’ [14] “Now
    therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods
    which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!
    [15] “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day
    whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other
    side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me
    and my house, we will serve the LORD.” [16] So the people answered and said: “Far be
    it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; [17] “for the LORD our
    God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house
    of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that
    we went and among all the people through whom we passed. [18] “And the LORD
    drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land.
    We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.” [19] But Joshua said to the people,
    “You cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not
    forgive your transgressions nor your sins. [20] “If you forsake the LORD and serve
    foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done
    you good.” [21] And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD!”
    [22] So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have
    chosen the LORD for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!”
    [23] “Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and
    incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.” [24] And the people said to Joshua, “The
    LORD our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!” [25] So Joshua made a
    covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in
    Shechem. [26] Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he
    took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the
    LORD. [27] And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness to
    us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us. It shall therefore
    be a witness to you, lest you deny your God.” [28] So Joshua let the people depart,
    each to his own inheritance. Death of Joshua and Eleazar [29] Now it came to pass
    after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one
    hundred and ten years old. [30] And they buried him within the border of his inheritance
    at Timnath Serah, which is in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount
    Gaash. [31] Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the
    elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the LORD which He had
    done for Israel. [32] The bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up
    out of Egypt, they buried at Shechem, in the plot of ground which Jacob had bought
    from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of silver, and
    which had become an inheritance of the children of Joseph. [33] And Eleazar the son of
    Aaron died. They buried him in a hill belonging to Phinehas his son, which was given to
    him in the mountains of Ephraim.”

  • @dddoo7 said in Serve The Lord!:

    Yet the god that I see more people
    serving than any other god in our world today is money. Many people will do anything
    for money including compromising their integrity, values, and morals.

    People serve money, even when they don't think they do. Greed has consumed so many, that it's difficult to find anyone that isn't consumed by it. Why do people stay in cities? Why do they work jobs they hate? Why do both parents leave the home and turn their children over to other people each day? Why do people live paycheck to paycheck? Why do people complain to me about the price of elite luxury items? Why do those same people have campers, boats, quads, and 4 vehicles? Why do they always need a bigger house? Why do they always need the newest vehicle? Never content with anything, no matter how much they have. The answer is always more.

    It's a harsh reality to face that most people are consumed by greed. They don't think they are, but their actions in this life says otherwise. Chances are that most of you reading this are consumed by greed. If you'd quit wanting everything in the world, you'd quit spending money trying to have everything in the world... and you'd find you have an abundance of money for things you actually need.