Joshua 23

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1 RAB İsraili çevresindeki bütün düşmanlarından kurtarıp esenliğe kavuşturdu. Aradan uzun zaman geçmişti. Yeşu kocamış, yaşı hayli ilerlemişti.

2 Bu nedenle ileri gelenleri, boy başlarını, hakimleri, görevlileri, bütün İsrail halkını topladı. Onlara, ‹‹Kocadım, yaşım hayli ilerledi›› dedi,

3 ‹‹Tanrınız RABbin sizin yararınıza bütün bu uluslara neler yaptığını gördünüz. Çünkü sizin için savaşan Tanrınız RABdi.

4 İşte Şeria Irmağından gün batısındaki Akdenize dek yok ettiğim bütün bu uluslarla birlikte, geri kalan ulusların topraklarını da kurayla oymaklarınıza mülk olarak böldüm.

5 Tanrınız RAB bu ulusları önünüzden püskürtüp sürecektir. Tanrınız RABbin size söz verdiği gibi, onların topraklarını mülk edineceksiniz.

6 Musanın Yasa Kitabında yazılı olan her şeyi korumak ve yerine getirmek için çok güçlü olun. Yazılanlardan sağa sola sapmayın.

7 Aranızda kalan uluslarla hiçbir ilişkiniz olmasın; ilahlarının adını anmayın; kimseye onların adıyla ant içirmeyin; onlara kulluk edip tapmayın.

8 Bugüne dek yaptığınız gibi, Tanrınız RABbe sımsıkı bağlı kalın.

9 Çünkü RAB büyük ve güçlü ulusları önünüzden sürdü. Bugüne dek hiçbiri önünüzde tutunamadı.

10 Biriniz bin kişiyi kovalayacak. Çünkü Tanrınız RAB, size söylediği gibi, yerinize savaşacak.

11 Bunun için Tanrınız RABbi sevmeye çok dikkat edin.

12 Çünkü Ona sırt çevirir, sağ kalıp aranızda yaşayan bu uluslarla birlik olur, onlara kız verip onlardan kız alır, onlarla oturup kalkarsanız,

13 iyi bilin ki, Tanrınız RAB bu ulusları artık önünüzden sürmeyecek. Ve sizler Tanrınız RABbin size verdiği bu güzel topraklardan yok oluncaya dek bu uluslar sizin için tuzak, kapan, sırtınızda kırbaç, gözlerinizde diken olacaklar.

14 ‹‹İşte her insan gibi ben de bu dünyadan göçüp gitmek üzereyim. Bütün varlığınızla ve yüreğinizle biliyorsunuz ki, Tanrınız RABbin size verdiği sözlerden hiçbiri boş çıkmadı; hepsi gerçekleşti, boş çıkan olmadı.

15 Tanrınız RABbin size verdiği sözlerin tümü nasıl gerçekleştiyse, Tanrınız RAB verdiği bu güzel topraklardan sizi yok edene dek sözünü ettiği bütün kötülükleri de öylece başınıza getirecektir.

16 Tanrınız RAB'bin size buyurduğu antlaşmayı bozarsanız, gidip başka ilahlara kulluk eder, taparsanız, RAB'bin öfkesi size karşı alevlenecek; RAB'bin size verdiği bu güzel ülkeden çabucak yok olup gideceksiniz.››

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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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