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Wednesday, February 19 2014

Joshua 23: Joshua's Farewell

"Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left"

When Joshua "waxed old and stricken in age," he addressed the nation of Israel, just as Moses had done when his work was completed (see Deuteronomy 31: Moses To Joshua, Deuteronomy 33: Moses' Farewell Song and Blessing, Deuteronomy 34: The Passage Of Moses and Joshua 1: Joshua's Commission).

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"23:1 And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD [Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God] had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.

23:2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders [see also What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?], and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age: 23:3 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.

23:4 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot [see Joshua 19: The Israel Lottery] these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward.

23:5 And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you [see Joshua 11: The Land Rested From War and Joshua 13: The Frontiers], and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you." (Joshua 23:1-5 KJV)

Joshua's farewell was also a warning for Israel "to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left" - a "conservative" can be just as evil as any liberal if they seek only to conserve their own ways, rather than the Way of the LORD. The result is the same - as Israel, and then Israel and Judah, experienced, but have yet to learn from, over the many centuries from the time of Joshua (see 1 Kings: From Empire To Divided Kingdom and 2 Kings: The Rise And Fall Of Israel and Judah).

"23:6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; 23:7 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: 23:8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

23:9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. 23:10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. 23:11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

23:12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: 23:13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

23:14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. 23:15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. 23:16 When ye 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 ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you." (Joshua 23:6-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: What mission did righteous Joshua participate in that resulted in the LORD declaring that Joshua would enter the Promised Land, while most of the other adult Israelites did not?
See Deuteronomy 1: Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?


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This Day In History, February 19

197: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated rebel commander Clodius Albinus at the Battle of Lugdunum, the greatest battle between Roman armies (see The Politics Of Rome, Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Legions Of Men And Angels).

356: Emperor Constantius II issued a decree to favor the Roman newly-created version (perversion) of Christianity in the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

New Amsterdam 842: The Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ended. A Council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of graven images (which they called "icons"). This debate over icons is often considered the last event which led to the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Roman Churches.

1401: William Sawtree, regarded by some as the first English religious martyr, was burned in London.

1408: The English Northumberland Rebellion ended when Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, was defeated by Henry IV at the Battle of Bramham Moor.

1473: Nicholas Copernicus was born in Poland. He is considered by some to be the founder of modern astronomy.

1568: Miles Coverdale died at age 80. He was the translator and publisher of the first complete Bible to be printed in English, in 1535. He was also the editor of the "Great Bible" of 1539.

1674: England and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Westminster to end the Third Anglo-Dutch War. The treaty surrendered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, after which it was given its present-day name - New York.

1797: Pope Pius VI signed the Treaty of Tolentino with Napoleon under which Bologna, Romagna and Ferrara were ceded to France.

1800: Napoleon Bonaparte established himself as first consul in France.

1861: Serfdom was abolished in Russia.

1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British and French warships began attacks on Ottoman (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) fortifications at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.

1918: With the beginning of communism in Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee.

1942: Japanese forces made the first attack on the Australian mainland, bombing Port Darwin.

1942: During the Second World War (which actually began in September 1939 for the rest of the world, but only in December of 1941 for the U.S. with the Japanese attack on the U.S. military base in Hawaii), President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the arrest and camp internment, without charge or legal due process, of many people of Japanese race, even those born in the U.S.

1953: Georgia approved the first "literature censorship board" in the U.S.

1959: The Prime Ministers of Britain, Turkey and Greece signed an agreement in London for the independence of Cyprus.

1976: Iceland severed diplomatic relations with Britain during the "Cod War," a dispute over fishing rights of depleted Atlantic cod stocks.

1976: Executive Order 9066 of 1942 (see listing above), which provided the legal means to incarcerate racial-Japanese U.S. citizens (including those born in the U.S. for generations) to "internment camps" without charge or trial during the Second World War, was rescinded by President Gerald Ford.

1986: The Soviet Union launched its Mir space station. It remained in Earth orbit for 15 years.





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