Please read Joshua 22, 23, and 24. Lots going on today – it’s hard to just hit a few highlights! What would your highlights be today?
When the Reubenites, Gadites, and half tribe of Manasseh built the altar, the people misunderstood and spoke against them. But notice: these tribes were not offended by the misconception nor did it stop them!
“He knows and he’ll let Israel know if this is a rebellious betrayal of God. And if it is, don’t bother saving us. If we built ourselves an altar in rebellion against God, if we did it to present on it Whole-Burnt-Offerings or Grain-Offerings or to enact there sacrificial Peace-Offerings, let God decide. But that’s not it. We did it because we cared” (Joshua 22:22-24 MSG)
Sometimes we are also misunderstood – but we can’t let those times cause offense or stop our progress. It hurts to be misunderstood sometimes! I like it when we get to familiar verses (choose this day who you will serve) in their own context – so powerful!
“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” (Joshua 24:15 NKJV)
Throughout chapter 24, Joshua recounts his journey like Moses did, leaving a legacy for the people. It’s important to remember the past as a matter of warning or encouragement. It’s equally important that we not dwell in the past or let the enemy use past mistakes against us to stop our progress.
“After all this, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of God, died. He was 110 years old” (Joshua 24:29 MSG)