(Continues from Wednesday, October 23)
These were heavy burdens to be laid upon Joshua. Not only was he asked by God to lead his people to the Promised Land, but also to defeat enemies that lived in the country and to believe that God would do good things for the Israelites. On top of all that, Joshua was cautioned to keep the Book of the Law always with him and to meditate upon it so that he might be careful to do everything that was written in it. These are extremely difficult things to accomplish. We can all count our blessings that we have not been called upon to do what Joshua had to do.
A bit of history might help to put today’s verse into context for a better and more complete understanding, but the words still must be dealt with. The laws that existed in the time of Moses are a part of the Old Testament in the Book of Leviticus. These laws are harsh, ancient, and replaced with far more modern thinking in most circles of our society. We no longer stone people for committing adultery or for partnering with a person of the same sex. Many of us, as good Christians, eat forbidden foods, although some Jewish people still abide by these dietary laws. But there are laws that we can follow and that we can keep with us every moment of our lives and meditate upon in our hearts whenever we have a moment of silence in which to commune with the Almighty.
We are mixing a bit of Old and New Testament law, but it seems only right to do so since Jesus dramatically changed the God of vengeance of the Old Testament to a loving and forgiving God of the New Testament. Jesus taught love above all else – love for God the Father and love for our brothers and sisters on earth.
Shall we be called upon to lead people? Probably we won’t. Can we eat barbecue without fear of retribution? Probably we can. But we can never forsake the love and goodness brought to us through the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, and the greatest commandment of all: to love our neighbors as ourselves. Is this the secret to prosperity and success? It may well be.
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