Summary: Leadership, Example, Commitment, Family
All In The Family
Joshua 24:1-15 (p. 163) September 22, 2013
I have met people who get that they want out of fear...They are dogmatic and prone to anger...people would rather let them have their way or would rather not “stir up a hornet’s nest”...so these people manipulate others and circumstances out of fear...
I have met people who get what they want out of guilt...you know the person who says, “Well if you don’t love me enough to do this...or go there...or get me this, then I understand.” Maybe they remind you of a past mistake or small injustice you committed against them...and that’s followed by...”O, by the way could you be a doll and help me out with this.”
People that try to lead and manipulate others and circumstances out of fear and guilt usually end up very lonely...even if they get what they want, those people they’ve used in the process tend to fade away...distance themselves. And if it’s the matriarch or the patriarch of a family using these very unhealthy practices to control people...the consequences are lifelong and devastating...The ones who use these methods continue to try and control out of fear and/or guilt...but children grow up...mates get sick of it...and both move on and away...The fear/guilt leader blames the separation on them.
Last week we saw the consequences of favoritism in Joseph’s life...it got him a multicolored coat...it also got him brothers that hated him and wanted to kill him, and sold into slavery.
Today we look at an amazing leader named Joshua...I remember the old joke. Here it is...”Who was the only guy in the O.T. without parents.... Answer: Joshua, he was the Son of Nun. N.U.N....(yeah I know it’s pretty lame).
1 Chronicles 7:27 teaches us that Joshua was the eldest son of his family. He had been born during Israel’s time of slavery in Egypt and would have been around 40 years old at the beginning of the Exodus...The fact that he was even alive proves that his parents had been obedient to God’s command to sprinkle blood from the Passover Lamb on the doorframe of their home...The death angel passed over Nun’s household and the life of Joshua, their first born was spared because they believed and obeyed God’s Word.
We learn a lot from the 1st time someone is mentioned in Scripture...and Joshua is first mentioned in Ex. 17:9...”Moses said to Joshua “Choose some of our men and go and fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands. So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered.”
Here’s the 1st thing we learn about Joshua and his family being ALL IN...
I. JOSHUA WAS NOT ONLY A GREAT LEADER...HE WAS A GREAT FOLLOWER
Our text in Joshua 24 is a recapturing of history...It’s a time of resting from the continuous battles...Joshua according to his own words in Chapter 23 verse 2 is “a very old man.” They are living in the Promised Land which God has given them.