God’s promise of blessing – and His warning against rebellion …

Joshua 22:1-34

Joshua had heard God’s Word (1:8). Now, he speaks God’s Word to the people (5). To those who ‘have obeyed’ Him, God says, ‘Keep on obeying Me’. This is the way of blessing (1-6). Together with God’s promise of blessing, we need His warning against rebellion: ‘Do not rebel against the Lord’ (19). Why does God warn us against the dangers of ‘rebellion against the Lord’ (16)? It is because He wants us to say with heart and voice: ‘Far be it from us that we should rebel against the Lord and turn away this day from following the Lord’ (29). Our ‘resolution’ seems so weak – ‘I feel like giving up’. The temptation to ‘rebel against the Lord’ seems so strong – ‘I feel like I can’t go on’. Let us pray for a stronger faith in God – ‘The Lord is God’ – and a richer experience of His presence – ‘We know that the Lord is in the midst of us’ (34,31).

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