Joshua 23 -

Joshua 23 - Joshua's charge to the leaders, and his recounting how God worked through them to drive out the nations, yet there was still work to do. He said that they should remember what God had already done and finish the work, and that they should keep the Book of the Law of Moses. Of course, we know that they did not stay true to the law and that I don't think they drove all the people out. Instead, they intermarried with them.

As I read this, it occurred to me that the entire of the Old Testament is the story of a failed humanity. Humanity decided that it could live without God, that it could make its way on it's own terms. Of course, that failed and even when they did return to God and enjoyed his blessings, as in Joshua's time, that faithfulness was short lived and they went their own way. The OT then, and the history of humanity simply stands to illustrate the need for a savior, for Jesus. Over and over we proved that we cannot live without God, that we need Him and that we need Him to save us from ourselves.

The whole of the OT, the whole of human history actually, is a beacon pointing to the necessity for Jesus and the gospel.

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I heard a friend say last week is that the law is something that is needed to restrict the activities of sinners. Judging from history it is not very good at doing that. It is not even good at restricting Christians.

But the work of the Holy Spirit in a person's heart.. aaah.. now that is something else all together.

As Galatians 5 says:

"But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law."

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

You gotta figure that God knew that they would rebel. So did God make the law to show Himself that we would fail or to show ourselves that we need something more than the law? I believe that you can't legislate morality that it needs to come from within. God gave us the perfect example in Jesus and the the help from within with the Holy Spirit. It's challenging with that imagine how hard it was in the OT.



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