“But you are
to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. Joshua 23:8
While Joshua was nearing the end of his life, he had some
valuable words to give to the Israelites, “Cling to God”! What was Joshua
talking about here? The Israelites were in the process of claiming their
“Promised Land” During this process they were to drive out the pagan nations
What Joshua was telling them is, if you don’t keep your eyes
focused on Yahweh, you will fall away to worshipping other gods and practices.
This is exactly what happened to most Israelites, after Joshua passed away,
most Israelites became complacent in their faith.
Instead of driving out the pagan nations, most Israelites
just started merging with them. This became disastrous to Israel. As most
forgot about their true God and started worshipping false gods and idols
diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God. Joshua 23:11
Another translations of this is to “Watch yourself
carefully”. It means keep your eyes focused on Christ! How many of us
nonchalantly just fall away from our faith when we are not “clinging” or
“heeding” ourselves to Christ? It’s a commitment, we must stay committed to our
God or we will eventually fade away
And He said to
him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL
YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37
Jesus said to Love God with all your Heart, Soul, and Mind!
This is also known as the Shema in Hebrew. Cling to The Lord! Abide in Christ
in everything you do! When we lose our focus on Christ we become lost! Cling to
So the sun stood
still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their
enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the
middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. Joshua
The day the Earth stood still! One of the most amazing and
controversial events in the Bible is when Joshua declares God stopped the Sun
from setting so he could finish off his enemies. Skeptics will often attack
this text, as saying “The Sun doesn’t move”. First off we need to understand
that the Bible is not a science book, the Bible is the Revelation of Jesus
Christ. Many things in the Bible are poetic or idioms not always literal.
Why is this story so hard to believe? If we believe the
first scripture in the Bible In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth. (Genesis 1:1) then all things are possible. If God can create the
universe from nothing, he can easily stop the Earth from spinning for a day!
God can also easily raise Jesus from the dead and defeat Sin and Death!
There was no day
like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man;
for the LORD fought for Israel. Joshua 10:14
The Bible tells us there was never a day like this before
and never will be! God loved Joshua and the Israelites enough to stop the Sun!
God loves you enough to send Jesus Christ to the cross to die for your Sins!
What is impossible for God?
Don’t limit God, don’t put God in a box! Be in awe and
wonder for your Heavenly Father Amen!
So the LORD said
to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? Joshua
When the Israelites went into the city of Ai , it should
have been an easy battle. So the Israelites only sent a couple thousands troops
and they were utterly destroyed. This defeat had Joshua perplexed, why wasn’t
God with the Israelites?
So Joshua wept and mourned to God and questioned why God
even sent them this far in the wilderness. But notice Gods response, he told
Joshua “Rise Up”!
sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And
they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and
deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things. Joshua 7:11
God told Joshua exactly what Israel’s problem is, they have
a sin problem! Israel expected to live in sin and also receive Gods blessings,
this cant happen! God will not be mocked! You cant walk with God and hold hands
Once Israel repented and removed their sin problems, God was
with them and allowed them to move into their Promised Land (Israel)
For the wages of
sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Lord. Romans 6:23
Today we are still like the Israelites, we have a sin
problem! God has sent our Lord Jesus to lead us into the Promise Land (Heaven)
however many have ruined their blessing because of sin
Repent of your Sins, and Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Rise Up! Jesus has already defeated Sin and Death at the Cross! Amen!