Joshua 22-24- The End!

An altar was built that caused quite a stir and almost led to civil war in the newly founded nation of Israel. God prohibited the building of altars other than those He had commanded (Deuteronomy 12). Yet the tribes on the east side of the Jordan River‚ÄĒReuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh‚ÄĒconstructed an altar. As a result, the western tribes felt the Law had been violated and intended to go to war against their own people.

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Deuteronomy 13 is dedicated entirely to making false altars.¬† But it does say “12¬†If you hear it said about one of the towns the¬†Lord your God is giving you to live in¬†that troublemakers¬†have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, ‚ÄúLet us go and worship other gods‚ÄĚ (gods you have not known),¬†then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly.¬†And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, ¬†you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town”

Thank heavens the western tribes investigated the situation before they went to war. As it turned out, the altar built by Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh was a memorial to the Lord God. They had built the altar on the east side of the Jordan to show their connection to the rest of the Israelites who lived in the Promised Land. The altar was a sign of unity, not rebellion.

If you don’t realize how close the Transjordan tribes came to being killed then you may not remember the guy mentioned in verse 13: Phinehas.¬† ¬†Once I saw his name in the chapter I thought “Oh stars”.¬† He is the zealous priest who stabbed the couple having “fun” in the tent.¬† He put his spear through both of them at the same time!¬† Click here if you want to reread it)

Joshua’s Farwell Speech: Just like Moses’ speech there is a reminder of the blessings and curses. I try not to bring the current events of Covid-19 into the Blog…however…one of the key points I noticed was individual sins would bring down the whole community. So here are the instructions for America, Israel:

  • Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law¬†of Moses, without turning aside¬†to the right or to the left.¬†
  • Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear¬†by them. You must not serve them or bow down¬†to them. ¬†But you are to hold fast to the¬†Lord¬†your God, as you have until now.
  • ¬†So be very careful¬†to love the¬†Lord¬†your God.
  • But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them¬†and associate with them,¬†then you may be sure that the¬†Lord¬†your God will no longer drive out¬†these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares¬†and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes,¬†until you perish from this good land,¬†which the¬†Lord your God has given you.
  • ¬†If you violate the covenant of the¬†Lord¬†your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the¬†Lord‚Äôs anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.‚ÄĚ

Chapter 24:

  • ‚ÄúNow fear the¬†Lord¬†and serve him with all faithfulness.¬†
  • Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped
  • ¬†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.‚ÄĚ

19¬†Joshua said to the people, ‚ÄúYou are not able to serve the¬†Lord. He is a holy God;¬†he is a jealous God.¬†He will not forgive¬†your rebellion¬†and your sins. ¬†If you forsake the¬†Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn¬†and bring disaster¬†on you and make an end of you,¬†after he has been good to you.‚ÄĚ

5 thoughts on “Joshua 22-24- The End!

  1. Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. “ I have heard and seen this verse for years, out of context. It was neat to come upon it during the reading and know that Joshua is saying they can do what they want, but he’s going to worshiping the Lord. C’mon!

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  2. Joshua 24:15 is similar to Jeremiah 29:11. I think of the “other gods” today that are easily “excused” in my own life and in the country today. I am challenged and repent when I see myself spending time on other things and neglect time with the LORD. I am challenged when I see other religions that pray 3 times a day, etc. As terrible as this pandemic is I have been thankful for the time to spend with the LORD. I am so thankful for this blog Trish!‚̧ԳŹ


  3. I love what Coach said about reading 24:15 in context. I have it written on the wall in my entryway. I love BOTH those verses, they are the SAME message but Joshua is when everything is going their way and Jeremiah, they were at their worst circumstances. Whether we are on top of the mountain or the bottom we still must choose God.


  4. Karla, the book of the Law, in short, was everything we read, re-read, and reread again in the first 5 books. We have this image of Moses going up Mt. Sinai and coming back with just the 10 Commandments (Charlton Heston style) but Moses was up there 40 days getting hundreds of commandments about the Tabernacle, worship, social and civil law…

    Joshua records ALL that God commanded over and over. The Israelites are sure they would never forsake the Lord or these words and Joshua sets a stone as a “witness” to these commandments and the promise Israel makes. The NT verse that comes to my mind is “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”. It is not a direct correlation…but it is true. Jesus IS the law.

    Now that you are finishing Joshua, and the Book of the Law is set before them AGAIN so that they will not forget…read Judges and you will see they forget pretty quickly.


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