Then Joshua warned the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy and jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you abandon the Lord and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.”
21 But the people answered Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!”
22 “You are a witness to your own decision,” Joshua said. “You have chosen to serve the Lord.”
“Yes,” they replied, “we are witnesses to what we have said.”
23 “All right then,” Joshua said, “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”
24 The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God. We will obey him alone.”
25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day at Shechem, committing them to follow the decrees and regulations of the Lord.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
When the Hebrew people made this commitment to God they were binding themselves to strictly obey all of the detailed laws given to them through Moses, an impossible task for fallible humans. And they ended up failing and suffering terrible consequences.
I thank God that through the new covenant of love and forgiveness given by and through Jesus, that God promises 2nd and 3rd and 273rd chances to repent for our mistakes and return to the Kindom. Otherwise as a still fallible human, I would have no hope.