Joshua 24

Joshua gathers the people one last time before he dies. He recites the whole history of the nation, from before Egypt, the rescue the time in the wilderness and the giving of the promised land.

Then the choice, the two ways to live: choose you this day who you will serve – I will serve only the God of Abraham.  He’s jealous, its monotheism or bust.

The people resoundingly go for Joshua’s god, a covenant and a memorial stone is laid. Joshua dies having fulfilled God’s task for his life.

Of course it all goes pear shaped after that, we’re going to read Judges next, which is much messier and tells the story immediately following Joshua.

But this is a moment of supreme clarity. Two ways to live. God’s or mine.


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