Joshua 23* Joshua's exhortation before his death. (1-10) Joshua warns thepeople of idolatry. (11-16)1-10 Joshua was old and dying, let them observe what he saidnow. He put them in mind of the great things God had done forthem in his days. He exhorted them to be very courageous. Keepwith care, do with diligence, and regard with sincerity what iswritten. Also, very cautiously to endeavour that the heathenidolatry may be forgotten, so that it may never be revived. Itis sad that among Christians the names of the heathen gods areso commonly used, and made so familiar as they are. Joshuaexhorts them to be very constant. There might be many thingsamiss among them, but they had not forsaken the Lord their God;the way to make people better, is to make the best of them. 11-16 Would we cleave to the Lord, we must always stand uponour guard, for many a soul is lost through carelessness. Lovethe Lord your God, and you will not leave him. Has God been thustrue to you? Be not you false to him. He is faithful that haspromised, #Heb 10:23|. The experience of every Christianwitnesses the same truth. Conflicts may have been severe andlong, trials great and many; but at the last he will acknowledgethat goodness and mercy followed him all the days of his life.Joshua states the fatal consequences of going back; know for acertainty it will be your ruin. The first step would be,friendship with idolaters; the next would be, marrying withthem; the end of that would be, serving their gods. Thus the wayof sin is down-hill, and those who have fellowship with sinners,cannot avoid having fellowship with sin. He describes thedestruction he warns them of. The goodness of the heavenlyCanaan, and the free and sure grant God has made of it, will addto the misery of those who shall for ever be shut out from it.Nothing will make them see how wretched they are, so much, as tosee how happy they might have been. Let us watch and prayagainst temptation. Let us trust in God's faithfulness, love,and power; let us plead his promises, and cleave to hiscommandments, then we shall be happy in life, in death, and forever.
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