Choose Today Serve God(4)
Context Of this Passage
Context Of this Passage
Joshua is speaking once again
Joshua summoned the Hebrews elders, leaders Judges and officers (24:1)
Joshua the Hebrews from where they came and where God brought them (24:2-10)
Joshua reminded them of how they came into the passion of the very land they live to this day (24:11-13)
The importance of this message is for families must choose to serve the LORD God and Him only, it is He who has blessed and protect us from generation to generation.
First we must note that it is God who created the family, Today our society has forgotten their purpose and have gone their own way, doing their own thing,
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.
And the man said: This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called “woman,” for she was taken from man. This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.
The family is formed by God, He forms man and women, give us spirit filled physical body who would recognize Him as our God. Also, they began to bring children (parents are to teach) into this world because it is He who as enabled man to procreate, to form families who would worship Him, they are not considered as a family!
Adam was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the Lord’s help.” Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of flocks, but Cain worked the ground.
In our text, Joshua said, “Therefore, fear the LORD and Worship Him in sincerity and truth! Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped and worship the LORD (24:14)
Fear the LORD: יָרֵא reverence Him, have the highest respect, be in aw of Him
Worship (serve) Him: by keeping his commandment, carrying out His practices
In sincerity and truth: from the pure realness of your life, honesty in total reliability of your heart.
Get rid your god your fathers worshiped, lets look at the
So Jacob said to his family and all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods that are among you. Purify yourselves and change your clothes.
Jacobs wives served the gods of their father (31:30), they kept them, Jacob made them get rid of them
After being released from the wilderness the Hebrews did what they were accustom, after Moses left to go up into the mountains they resorted to worshiping other gods.