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BE A GOOD FATHER

June 23, 2016

Thursday

 

Joshua 24:15 

 

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.

 

LESSON

 

On the basis of God’s great acts for them, Joshua appealed to the Israelites to commit themselves to Him anew. Joshua’s offer to “choose” which “gods” they would serve was not, of course, an encouragement to consider the idols as an equally acceptable option. It was simply an oratorical device to help the Israelites distinguish their choices, and to make the right alternative more obvious.

As a true leader, Joshua announced his commitment and choice, and in so doing, he encouraged. They were committing themselves, at least vocally, to join Joshua in serving the Lord. Joshua did not want the people to make a superficial decision, however. “The great need of most Christians is to learn that in themselves they simply cannot be the people God wants them to be.

Memory Verse: Colossians 3:21

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