by Jeff A. Jenkins
Just before his death, Joshua delivered a message from God to the people of God. They had been in the Promised Land for a period of time and some of them were struggling with their faith.
Sadly, a segment of God’s people were flirting with the worship of idols.
The gist of God’s message was to remind the people what he had done for them. How he had taken care of them, and how he had protected them.
He reminded them of how he had provided for them spiritually, as well as physically, from the days of Abraham until this present time.
Notice a few of these reminders.
“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt by what I did in its midst; and afterward I brought you out” (Joshua 24:5).
“But when they cried out to the LORD, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them and covered them; and your own eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And you lived in the wilderness for a long time. ‘Then I brought you into the land of the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan, and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land when I destroyed them before you” (Joshua 24:7-8).
“‘I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant” (Joshua 24:13).
Following these reminders Joshua challenged the God who had done so much for them, rather than choosing to worship idols (Joshua 24:15).
The people responded in the very best way possible with these words, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods.” (Joshua 24:16)
Each time we gather around the Table of the Lord as God’s people, we are reminded how God has cared for us just as he did his people during the days of Joshua.
The communion reminds us how God has redeemed us with the blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19), how he has provided for us physically (James 1:17) and how he has blessed us with an abundance of spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3).
This week as we commune together, may we remember all that he has done for us.