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A Warning for Israel
[ Joshua 23:11 - 23:16 ]
11.So be very careful to love the LORD your God.
12. "But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,
13. then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you.
14. "Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
15. But just as every good promise of the LORD your God has come true, so the LORD will bring on you all the evil he has threatened, until he has destroyed you from this good land he has given you.
16. If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD's anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you."

Divided Love (23:11–13)
Joshua calls on Israel to love God and be devoted to Him. You would think that this would be easy, given all the love and faithfulness that God has shown the Israelites thus far. But the human heart is fickle, weak, and easily tempted. God knows that if the Israelites seek alliances or intermarry with the survivors who are yet to be driven out of the land, they will be lured into idolatry. This is not God expressing disapproval toward interracial marriage; it is an expression of His jealous love toward His covenant people. If their hearts become divided, the consequences will be slavery and death in the land that the LORD gave them. For a people that is only one generation removed from captivity in Egypt, this is a particularly chilling warning from God.

God Keeps His Promises (23:14–16)
Joshua continues to remind the Israelites of Gods unwavering faithfulness to them throughout their whole journey. Having witnessed Gods powerful presence with them in battle time and time again, Israel knows that God has fulfilled every single one of His promises. However, they must also remember that a covenant is a two-way street. God has fulfilled His word by giving the Promised Land into Israels hands, but if they do not hold up their end of the deal and instead bow down to other gods, destruction will surely come their way. There is no middle ground in a covenant with our holy God.

- If we truly love God, we must flee from the things that tempt us to sin against Him. What sources of temptation are you reluctant to let go of? Cast them aside in obedience to God.

- If you think you can carve a middle path between obedience and rebellion, then you are doubting both Gods promise of life and His promise of destruction. Choose obedience!

A Letter to
The Unreached (
People Name: Luoluopo, Central
Country: China
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

The Nations
The Central Luoluopo people of China have a population of just over 450,000. Their name means tiger-dragon people, as the Luoluopo people believe they are descended from tigers. Today there is a small number of Central Luoluopo Christians attending churches in their townships, but the majority of Luoluopo people have never heard the Gospel. Pray that God would send more workers to the Luoluopo people so they might hear and receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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