Y’hoshua con’t…. Part XIII

To begin this study at the beginning – click on March 1st and then every highlighted day on the March calendar. Today marks the final chapter!

Chapter 24

The History of the Children of Israel
Y’hoshua recalled the history of his people. Abraham – Abram at the time – was the first one to “cross over” the river “Eber”, on their way to the Promised Land. Therefore, Abraham became the first Hebrew.
Ya’acov (Jacob) became the first Israelite and Yhudah (Judah, son of Jacob) was the first Jew. I know this is technical information – but it is true! The Brit Chadasha (New Testament) speaks of “the Jews” because they were mainly the only ones left in the land. Today, all Hebrews/Israelites are all lumped together as “Jews”. Every Jew is a Hebrew – but not every Hebrew is a Jew.

Y’hoshua had an excellent memory. Truth was passed from father to son and great care was taken to keep it all accurate. G-d was always there for His people – and He will always be there for YOU. He gives us choices and when we make the right ones – we thrive and survive. When we rebel and act up against Him – we pay! It’s not worth it. One generation tries to tell their children how to live and do they listen and obey? No! They have to make all the same mistakes and receive all their bumps. All we can do is pray for our children, live a good example before them and trust G-d to pull them through. We wish we could spare them the pain that we went through but it is not possible. Each generation must face the battle and win or lose according to their faith and obedience to G-d.

Here is a great “speech” from the Lord that Y’hoshua passed on at Shechem:
“I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil for you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…… But as for me and my house – we will serve the Lord.”

G-d created Adam and Chavah (Eve) with a free will. He wanted them to have the choice of obeying Him or listening to hasatan (the devil). He could have created puppets or robots to do His will and love only Him, but that isn’t love! You can’t force that. It is freely given or withheld. It’s a choice. He wanted humans to have a choice and He wanted them to choose Him. We have always had choices —– and usually we have chosen wrong! He created us to be His friends – His children. He wants all of us – freely given. After all He has done for us, is that too much to ask?

The children of Israel that day at Shechem promised faithfully to serve the Lord and Him only. Y’hoshua warned them they would be severely punished if they broke their word – which, of course they did. How like them we all are! Y’hoshua made a covenant with the people and erected a huge stone as a witness and a memorial to that fact. The people then returned to their homes all over the land.

The bones of Yosef (Joseph) that were carried out of Egypt were buried in Shechem. Eleazar, the son of Aaron died and was also buried in the lands of Ephraim.

Y’hoshua died at 110 and was buried on his land, on the north side of Mt. Gaash. The people served G-d all the days of Y’hoshua’s life. This goes to show the people follow their pastors, their leaders. A Congregation is only as good as it’s pastor. A country is only as good as it’s leaders. And so ends the history of Y’hoshua, the namesake of the Son of G-d.

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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