Choose Whom You Will Serve

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 23 -24 As old Moses had gathered the people together to urge them to serve God, so Joshua does the same thing. He recounts the history of God’s gracious dealings with them. He pleads with them, “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness” (24:14). Then he tells them that they must make a choice. Will they serve false gods or the one true God? He makes it clear where he stands: …

Misunderstandings

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 21-22 Remember that 2½ tribes wanted territory on the east of Jordan. Moses had approved this on the condition that their fighting men help the other tribes possess the land on the west side. This had now been accomplished and they were headed back home. When they came to the Jordan, they set up a large altar. This was taken as a sign of rebellion, that they built their own altar instead of recognizing that the one …

Receiving Our Inheritance

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 18-20 Since 2½ tribes had received their inheritance on the east side of Jordan, 9½ tribes received theirs on the west side. The dominant tribes, Judah, Ephraim and the half tribe of Manasseh, had already had territory allotted to them and were aggressively occupying it. Their later history was to be marred by rivalry between these tribes. It led to the split after the days of Solomon. So often our strengths are our weaknesses. We too need …

Accepting a Challenge

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 14-17 Having conquered the land, Joshua now divides it so that each tribe may have a territory. In the midst of the rather boring description of this process of dividing, we come across the story of Caleb. Forty five years before he had been one of the spies sent by Moses to see what the promised land was like. Ten had come back saying the task of conquering the land was hopeless. But Caleb and Joshua had …

It Is Finished But

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Joshua 11-13 Having conquered the southern part of the promised land, Joshua now gives his attention to the north. Here he is faced with an army much larger than his, one equipped with horses and chariots, with the kind of military power he did not possess. But God says, “Do not be afraid.” As someone has said, “One plus God is a majority.” “If God be for us, who can be against us.” Then we read, “Joshua took …