Tuesday, September 5, 2017
“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:14,15 KJV).
Whom shall Israel follow? (It depends on their circumstances!)
Many years ago, a friend bought a couch from a local furniture dealer. A leg had broken off the couch within a week! She vowed to never buy from that store again. Several years later, she went to the same store building (the same owners, just a different franchise name). Thinking the passage of time and name change made a difference in products, my friend purchased a reduced mattress set. When the deliverymen came to her house, the mattress had raveling (stringy) edges! She wanted a replacement. When they returned with the substitute, the box springs unit was one color and the mattress itself was another color! She phoned the store and demanded a full refund, telling them all about her bad experience at their store years previous.
Touching spiritual or religious things, vacillation is very hazardous. If something is true and reliable, we need to stick with it and never let it go. However, if it proves to be untrue and faulty, we should abandon it forever. It is unwise to waffle between the choices—“Yes, I will follow it” and “No, I will not.” In today’s Scripture, part of Joshua’s final address to Israel, he shows that there are two ways to go now that they are in the Promised Land. Firstly, they can serve JEHOVAH God, who delivered them out of the land of Egypt so they could do His will in His land. Secondly, they can serve all the idols of their pagan ancestors and heathen neighbors. Whatever they do, they cannot follow both religious systems.
Let us see what Israel does….