Closing out our series, Pastor Jim went to Joshua chapter 24; 1-15 and said this will be read in two parts, one for the meaning back then and one of the meaning we can draw from it today. Verses 1 through 5 says: “Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt. “‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.” What these verses mean to us is: God put man on earth to give us the Promised Land but Satan comes in to say you can’t have it because of your sins in the past. God separated a group of people and this is us today who are in slavery to sin. Sin separates us in our relationship with God but Jesus died for our sins saying: “let my people go,” and be freed of this bondage to sin just as Moses declared to Pharaoh when leaving Egypt! Verses 6-7 says: “When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen as far as the Red Sea. But they cried to the Lord for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.” Because of Jesus death and resurrection we were delivered from the bondage to sin but Satan comes after to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus makes a way where there seems to be no way. Verses 8-10 says: “‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land. When Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor to put a curse on you. But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.” in these verses we have made a decision for Christ and will be attack by false prophets. Every issue and matter of life is here! God gives us Psalms 23 which tells us that He gives us to eat in the presence of our enemies! Verses 11-13 says: “‘Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands. I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.” God never quits! Everything happens as He wanted to happen. We pray the people of Karnes County will be ministered to as they drive through the highways and byways of our towns. Nothing is impossible with God! There is a story of a scientist who was an atheist who struggled with belief in God and his son said to him: “Dad, all you have to believe!” His dad then found how easy it was and became a believer too! God loves all of us sinners and when we cry out to Him He hears! Verse 14 says: “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.” God tells His people in this verse to throw away gods they brought from Egypt. Some of these people as they were entering the Promised Land were carrying baggage and they needed to throw it away and we need to do the same with any baggage keeping us away from God! Verses 15-16 says: “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” This verse flatly says we will serve the Lord and pray for all of Karnes County and people everywhere so that they serve the Lord!
A wonderful and delightful Fellowship Meal followed the service today and everyone got to visit! Join us Sunday mornings for Praise and Worship at 10 a.m. with a Bible Study before at 9:30. Wednesdays we have Bible Studies at 7 p.m. with a meal following. All activities take place at the Kenedy Civic Center Auditorium in Kenedy,Texas! Come be blessed! Visit us online at: www.stxcc.org