Joshua 24 Observations
Joshua 24:7 How could most of their eyes have seen the mighty works of YAHUAH in Egypt, lest their parents kept YAH’s greatness and faithfulness before the “eyes” of their children by retelling and rehearsing the wonderous works of YAH? How will children know unless their parents teach them by both words and by righteous deeds and actions.
Joshua 24:12 YAH can cause creation to fight on behalf of His obedient, covenant-keeping, no-idol-worshipping/acknowledgeing people.
Joshua 24:15 Often quoted, but again deals with idol worship.
Joshua 24:23 Joshua told Israel to (1) serve YAHUAH (2) Put away the strange gods (3) Incline their hearts unto YAHUAH the Elohim of Israel.
Joshua 24:23-24 (2) Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and (3) incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.”
The people of Israel’s response to each of Joshua’s admonitions: 2) crickets 1) We will serve YAHUAH. 3) We will obey YAHUAH.
The people of Israel never agreed to put away the strange gods. And we will see in Judges that after Joshua’s death, they quickly fell away from YAHUAH (Judges 2:10-13).
Idol worship is serious business. We have to be diligent and relentless about rooting out idol worship in our own lives. I say relentless because idol worship for us today (2021 at the time of this writing) is subtly engrained and rooted in our psyche through cultural conditioning and norms that often we don’t recognize the idols that we indeed do have in our lives.
The wicked one, however, does and sees idol/images as open doorways inviting him to come in and wreck havoc in lives because of ignorance of his idol-worship inducing devices (John 10:10).
Joshua 24:26 Oak trees are mention in Scripture several times. What is the significance of this? Jacob in Genesis 35 buried things under an oak tree.
I invite you to comment below with additional observations from your reading.
Please, please comment below if you see ANYTHING that is contrary to Scripture that I have presented in these Scripture Observations. I want Truth and when I see that I have made a mistake, I want to correct that. No chips on my shoulders here.
I also ask one thing, though. Please, please present your thoughts in the context of two or three Scripture references, not just one (see Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1). One verse (especially one verse out of context) will not be received as evidence. I am just not one to interpret Scripture or accept other’s interpretation of Scripture apart from the written Word of YAH found in the whole counsel of His written Word.
I try my best to limit the use of the precursor words of “I think” or “I believe” without Scripture to back up my “I thinks” and “I believes.” Not only on this site, but be on the lookout anywhere else for excessive “I think” and “I believe” statements presented as Truth, with no Scriptural evidence to back up the statements.
The written Word of YAHUAH is the standard, the vanguard against deception which as you know is quite rampant these days.