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Joshua 23

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 1 Now it came to pass, a long time after the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies round about,1 that Joshua grew old and was stricken in age.

 2 And Joshua called for all Israel: their elders, their heads, their judges, and their officers; and he said to them, "I am old and stricken in age,

 3 And you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations in your favor and cause for it is the LORD your God who has fought for you.

 4 Behold, I have divided to you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even to the great sea westward.

 5 And the LORD your God shall expel them from before you and drive them from out of your sight; and you shall possess their land, as the LORD your God has promised to you.

 6 Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that you do not turn aside from them to the right hand or to the left;

 7 That you do not mix yourselves with these nations that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, or swear by them, or serve them, or bow down yourselves to them.

 8 Rather cleave [adhere, unite] to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.

 9 For the LORD has driven out from before you great and mighty nations, but as for you, no man has been able to stand before you to this day.

 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand for it is the LORD your God who fights for you, as he has promised you.

 11 Therefore take good heed to yourselves that you love the LORD your God.

 12 Else if you in any manner go back and cleave [adhere, unite] to the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and marry their women, and they marry your women;

 13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no longer drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall become snares and traps to you, scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes until you perish from off this good land that the LORD your God has given you.

 14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth; and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing has failed to come to pass of all the good things that the LORD your God spoke concerning you; everything has come to pass to you, and not one thing has failed of them.

 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things have come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he has destroyed you from off this good land that the LORD your God has given you;

 16 If you have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land that he has given to you.


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1The Jews were supposed to conquer and destroy all the inhabitants of the promised land; then they were to rest enjoying their inheritance in safety. But when the scouts reported that there were giants in the land, the Jews became afraid and refused to cross the river to conquer the land that God had promised them, and which he had promised to fight for them. So God became angry with them and told them that none of them, except Joshua and Caleb, would ever enter the rest of the safe inheritance; that none would enter the promised land to live. They were sentenced to wander in the desert until they had all died, and then their children would enter. This is the rest that God swore none would enter because they didn't believe in the promise. Note! They believed in God because they had seen his many miracles; but they didn't believe that they could conquer the mighty men they had seen, even with God's help. Christians! You cannot just believe in God; you must have the true hope, the hope that purifies. You must believe that God can conquer and destroy the works of the devil, the sin in you.

For the Christian, the rest is to sit down is Christ, free from sin, and sanctified from evil; but for this to happen, you must believe it is possible, and you must hope for it, and you must seek it, and you must battle your enemies of sin through repentance on the cross, to ever be freed from sin and enjoy the inheritance of the rest in safety, having been sanctified.

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