July 24, 2019

What I read today;

1 Corinthians 8; Matthew 24; Isaiah 24; Job 24; Joshua 24; Genesis 24

It seems strange to me that we really don’t have much information on Joshua.  We don’t know much about his family or his past. What we do know is that he, along with Caleb, stood up against the people when they rebelled against God.  We can glean that he was considerably younger than Moses.  It’s clear to me that Joshua was a good leader and a devout believer in God.  Other than that we don’t really get much from Joshua until his famous manifesto in Joshua 24 vs. 15, “Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” NRSV.

It’s interesting to me that there are so many people throughout the Bible that we know very little about.  Most of the disciples are unknown.  Many of the old testament prophets are mysteries.

Joshua chose to focus on God.  He wanted the people not to revere him, but to revere God.  People with larger than life personalities will come and go in this world.  You can find them on TV and the internet 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

In spite of all the noise that the megachurch and TV ministries bring to the table, it’s the people like Joshua who quietly carry out the mission of the church.  They preach the Gospel to those who need it most in quiet places around the world.

We need more Joshua’s today.

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