March 1, 2014
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
How? Joshua is getting ready to wrap up his ministry to the Israelite nation. When the Israelites had crossed the Jordan to go in and conquer the Promised Land where they would settle, there were three tribes that had asked if they could settle in some property before crossing. They were given permission but had to militarily cross over with their brothers to help conquer the Land. They had finished and here he is sending those tribes back across the river to their homes. In this passage, Joshua is giving them a charge:
“Be very careful to keep the commandment….”
How do we do that? To begin with, we have to love the Lord our God. That was the basis for their “walk.” They were to walk in obedience to the Lord, an outgrowth of complete love. It also has to be our way. Begin with love, then bookend it with “hold fast to Him.” Other translations say “cling,” “cleave.” The idea is to never let go. Hang onto Him.
There was a saying about following a Jewish rabbi:
“May his dust be upon you.”
I have heard it said, “I want to walk so closely with Jesus that I am covered in the dust from his sandals.”
So, let’s get dusty – walk closely to Jesus.