Good feelings of the moment did not crowd out the truth about future apostasy

Joshua Bible Background

03.29.2016 Old Testament: Jos 23.15–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 23–24 on March 29, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Israel obeyed the Lord as He had spoken through Moses and Joshua. Joshua helped Israel conquer the Land of Canaan. Yet, these good things did not keep Joshua from revealing that the time would arrive when the children of Israel would forsake the Lord,

“Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you which the LORD your God promised you, so the LORD will bring upon you all harmful things, until He has destroyed you from this good land which the LORD your God has given you. When you have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the anger of the LORD will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you” (Joshua 23.15–16).

The Lord blesses obedience and curses disobedience. It is just that simple. The Lord does not make it difficult, because He wanted Israel then, and the church now, to understand how He operates.

Questions:

  • Is following the Lord complicated to you?
  • If it is complicated, why do you think it is so?

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