Josua 23

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1 Und nach langer Zeit, da der HERR hatte Israel zur Ruhe gebracht vor allen ihren Feinden umher, und Josua nun alt und wohl betaget war,

2 berief er das ganze Israel und ihre Ältesten, Häupter, Richter und Amtleute und sprach zu ihnen: Ich bin alt und wohl betaget,

3 und ihr habt gesehen alles, was der HERR, euer Gott, getan hat an allen diesen Völkern vor euch her; denn der HERR, euer Gott, hat selber für euch gestritten.

4 Sehet, ich habe euch die übrigen Völker durchs Los zugeteilet, einem jeglichen Stamm sein Erbteil, vom Jordan an, und alle Völker, die ich ausgerottet habe, und am großen Meer gegen der Sonnen Untergang.

5 Und der HERR, euer Gott, wird sie ausstoßen vor euch und von euch vertreiben, daß ihr ihr Land einnehmet, wie euch der HERR, euer Gott, geredet hat.

6 So seid nun sehr getrost, daß ihr haltet und tut alles, was geschrieben stehet im Gesetzbuch Moses, daß ihr nicht davon weichet weder zur Rechten noch zur Linken,

7 auf daß ihr nicht unter diese übrigen Völker kommet, die mit euch sind, und nicht gedenket noch schwöret bei dem Namen ihrer Götter, noch ihnen dienet, noch sie anbetet,

8 sondern dem HERRN, eurem Gott, anhanget, wie ihr bis auf diesen Tag getan habt.

9 So wird der HERR vor euch her vertreiben große und mächtige Völker; und niemand hat euch widerstanden bis auf diesen Tag.

10 Euer einer wird tausend jagen; denn der HERR, euer Gott, streitet für euch, wie er euch geredet hat.

11 Darum, so behütet aufs fleißigste eure Seelen, daß ihr den HERRN, euren Gott, lieb habet.

12 Wo ihr euch aber umwendet und diesen übrigen Völkern anhanget und euch mit ihnen verheiratet, daß ihr unter sie und sie unter euch kommen,

13 so wisset, daß der HERR, euer Gott, wird nicht mehr alle diese Völker vor euch vertreiben, sondern sie werden euch zum Strick und Netz und zur Geißel in euren Seiten werden und zum Stachel in euren Augen, bis daß er euch umbringe von dem guten Lande, das euch der HERR, euer Gott, gegeben hat.

14 Siehe, ich gehe heute dahin wie alle Welt; und ihr sollt wissen von ganzem Herzen und von ganzer Seele, daß nicht ein Wort gefehlet hat an all dem Guten, das der HERR, euer Gott, euch geredet hat; es ist alles kommen und keins verblieben.

15 Gleichwie nun alles Gute kommen ist, das der HERR, euer Gott, euch geredet hat, also wird der HERR auch über euch kommen lassen alles Böse, bis er euch vertilge von diesem guten Lande, das euch der HERR, euer Gott, gegeben hat,

16 wenn ihr übertretet den Bund des HERRN, eures Gottes, den er euch geboten hat, und hingehet und andern Göttern dienet und sie anbetet, daß der Zorn des HERRN über euch ergrimmet und euch bald umbringet von dem guten Lande, das er euch gegeben hat.

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 23      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Joshua 23: Joshua’s farewell address to all Israel.

Now that the people of Israel are living in the land of Canaan according to the Lord’s promise to them, Joshua, now old, gathers Israel together and offers the people his final words. It is a review of God’s faithfulness to them, His power in their victories, the gift of a good land in which they may live, and finally, a warning: they must not turn away from the Lord and follow the gods of other nations, or the Lord’s anger will follow them.

The spiritual meaning of Joshua’s address is about our experience of the Lord’s activity in our lives, our responsibilities in the work of regeneration, and what happens in us when we drift away from our relationship with the Lord. Every part of Joshua’s speech touches on these subjects, and it is a shining statement for our spiritual well-being. We will look at each part of what Joshua says and their spiritual meanings.

Joshua called for all Israel, and for all of their leaders - their elders, their heads, their judges and their officers. Spiritually, what leads and commands our mind is what we hold as true, which then informs our actions.

Joshua says he is old and advanced in age. Spiritually, this stands for acquiring wisdom during regeneration. Perhaps ‘advanced’, with its range of meanings, is a clue here.

Then Joshua turns to the Lord and the conquest. Joshua reminds the Israelites of what the Lord has given them, and says that the Lord will help them drive out the remaining nations until the whole land is theirs. Spiritually, this is about the ways in which the Lord guides us through regeneration, and how He will be present in our continuing spiritual work.

Joshua then urges Israel to keep the law of Moses and not turn away from it, nor go among other nations who are alongside Israel, nor mention their gods, nor swear by them or serve them or bow down to them. For us, this means following the Lord, and not giving in to the other influences that could lead our lives - for example, greed or ambition. If we do give thought to these other things, they can entrap us. It is enough for us to see them in our mind and quickly refuse their place there.

Joshua then says that because the Lord has been fighting for Israel, no one has been able to stand against them. In verse 10, he says, “One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.” This means when we acknowledge that the Lord rules our life and empowers us, the influences of hell will be powerless against our resolve.

Joshua then tells Israel that if they do turn to the other nations and their gods, the Lord would no longer drive out these nations, and they would become snares and traps for Israel. This is about the spiritual consequences of going against the Lord. This will inevitably bring on its own dangers, and we can be drawn in without realizing. The Lord can only drive out our spiritual enemies when we turn to Him for guidance.

Finally, Joshua says that not one thing God intended for Israel has failed to happen; so, just as God had given Israel many blessings, He would bring harm on Israel if they grew unfaithful. In our spiritual lives, this is only how things appear. We may feel that God is punishing us at times, but in reality we bring harm on ourselves when we no longer follow the Lord. So, Joshua says, the good land would be taken from them, just as the delight of heavenly life is taken from us if we turn away from the Lord.

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