(From Joshua 24)
God's faithful kindness...
He kept every promise He made to Abraham.
He delivered His people from slavery in Egypt.
He rescued them.
He destroyed their enemies.
He went out ahead of them.
He gave them victory.
He prepared a land for them.
He gave them that land.
Obey, serve and worship God
Have spiritual integrity
Be loyal to God
Leave the gods that your ancestors worshiped
The peoples' response...
We will not worship those gods!
We will NEVER abandon the LORD!
How could we? Look at everything He's done for us!
You WILL forget and you WILL turn away from the LORD, despite ALL He has done for you.
The peoples' declaration...
No way, we WILL serve and obey God!
The Stone at Shechem...
Is a reminder of Israel's allegiances sworn to God; it is a witness against them if turn from God and serve other gods.
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Some things never change... God is faithful and we struggle.
Great intentions tend to get lost in the shuffle of life... We are committed to God yet we inevitably deny Him in one way or another.
We too need a Stone at Shechem...