Blog thru the Bible: Joshua 3

You would do well to read the final two chapters of the Book, of Joshua. He was the one Moses called on to form an army in their first battle after crossing the Red Sea against Amelek (Exodus 17:8-16).  Moses ordered the event of the battle to be written down and repeated to Joshua as something to be remembered. He went up with Moses on Mt. Sinai, the mountain that God talked face-to-face with Moses on; where, if a man or beast even touched the mountain they were to be stoned or killed with arrows (Exodus19: 12-19). The mountain where God spoke in “Thunder” and appeared as “Fire.” Joshua was there with Moses when God gave Moses the stones, on which, God had written the Ten Commandments (Exodus 24:13). He was one of the twelve spies sent to reconnoiter the Promised Land. He was handpicked by God to succeed Moses and lead the people into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 31:14).

The man had a pedigree; but, as the late Roman Satirist Juvenal said, “Of what avail are pedigrees?” What does a man do with his life with the action verb on the “do”? It could well be said that Joshua “did” all that he could “do” with what he had been given. Could there be a finer remark about anyone, whom, as he says of himself in Ch. 23:14. “Today, as you see, I am going the way of all the earth. So now acknowledge with your whole heart and soul that not one of all the promises of the Lord, your God, made concerning you has failed”. The road had not been the easiest but he fixed himself to the “doing” of God’s adventure, not on the pedigree of title or position. Emily Dickinson wrote, “The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; a clover, any time, to him is aristocracy.” Maybe deep down, Joshua was just a blue collar guy who liked coming home at the end of the day with dirt on his hands and mud on his sandals. He’d been given a foreman’s task but he had a laborer’s grit.

So, in his final act Joshua challenges the people with both the Blessing and Curse as Moses did. His words, edited here, “Now, fear the Lord and serve Him completely and sincerely.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24). Ain’t it so!

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