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Joshua 24: 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
A couple of comments here: Righteousness can’t be forced. Make your choice a deliberate one. As we move into Judges, we will see if you choose God, it brings favor and glory to His name, (and you). I guess it is all a matter of free will and the consequences of our choice. I think Joshua, like any good preacher will present the evidence of the past and give you may good reasons to make your choice obvious. It’s not easy because like in verse 25:24, we can say we will serve the Lord but fall short. Judges will give us a whole array of reasons. I am going to pay attention!

Joshua 24:1-33

Two verses in the twenty-fourth chapter have not only caught my attention but also fired my imagination,

3 But I took your ancestor Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him into the land of Canaan. I gave him many descendants through his son Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the hill country of Seir, while Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.

Esau was given the hill country while Jacob and his children went down into Egypt to become enslaved. Looking at this without seeing God’s perspective or having the advantage of hindsight the fact that Esau was given the hill country and Jacob/Israel would seem that God had favored Esau. The Word spoken to Rebekah regarding the twins she carried,
23 And the LORD said unto her, “Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger” (Gen 25:23).

Jacob was the younger and Esau the older and the Word of God never returns to Him void, it always accomplish that which was spoken by Him even when observed before the fullness of time. It took over 400 years before God’s Word to Rebekah came to past.

We do not fulfill God’s Word to us by us working the word; His Word is fulfilled as we live in obedience to his commands. Rebekah thought that she could fulfill God’s Word to Jacob by tricks and manipulation. Esau thought he could subvert the Word that had been spoken by God through his father by plotting to kill his brother. (Genesis 25-50)

Luke 21:1-28

Interesting how we are awed by the work or our hands and we think what we build or create should last forever. I’ve heard people say that if you want to be immortal, write a book as if leather and dead trees with printer’s ink on it will someone give you what God can give you, eternal life.

5 Some of his disciples began talking about the beautiful stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, 6 "The time is coming when all these things will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another."

After Jesus describes the events that will lead up to His second coming He tells His disciples to, “…stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near.” He had already told them as he began his discourse telling his followers not to panic meaning that there will be things happening to make you want to panic so standing straight and looking up in the midst of crises take courage which must be an act of the will.

Psalm 89:38-52
When we mock God’s creation we mock Him who created that which we mock, God.

Proverbs 13:20-23

21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings chase the righteous!

Oh just think of it being chased down by blessings, I’ll take some of that.

Grace and peace,

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