Summarize the day’s reading in one paragraph. Chapter 22 speaks of the Reubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh returning to the lands God had given them through Moses. Joshua blesses them and sends them on their way with all the riches they had acquired. In Chapter 23, Joshua, now a very old man, gives a farewell speech in which he again warns the Israelites not to become like the people around them worshiping other gods. He also reminds them that everyone of God’s promises has come true, and that they need to love and obey the Lord. Joshua renews the covenant with Israel in Chapter 24 and says to the Israelites that they must choose whether to serve God or not. They choose to serve God and Joshua dies at the age of 110.
Joshua 24:15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Why? I chose this verse because “choosing whom you will serve”, seems to be a big issue in our day and age. People like to dabble in God, dabble in the world and dabble in other religions and call it being spiritual, but Scripture makes it very clear that living that way is actually detestable to God.
How does what you read change your vision of God? It reminds me that He is Holy and demands to be honored as such.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others? It impresses on me that I need to be better about honoring God as Holy. I think a lot about God’s Love and Forgiveness, but His Holiness has often taken the back burner.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? I will think more about how I can bring God honor and glory in the way that I pray, think and act.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? I was reminded that even Jesus had a choice, and He chose to be obedient to God’s plan…to death, even death on a cross.