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Joshua's final challenge

Before he dies, Joshua challenges the 12 tribes to obey God
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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Joshua had trusted God to drive out the strong nations in the Promised Land. Much of the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea now belonged to the Israelites. – Slide 1
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They were now able to settle and live in the land God had promised them. – Slide 2
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It was divided into regions, each occupied by the tribes of Israel. Joshua was now an old man and called the leaders of the people together. – Slide 3
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“I am an old man now and soon I shall die.  You have seen all that the Lord your God has done for you,’ he declared. ‘Make sure you obey God’s laws and do not worship the false gods of the heathen people still living in the land. If you do, God’s anger will rise against you.’ – Slide 4
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Joshua then summoned everyone, including the leaders, to a big meeting at Shechem. He then gave them his final address reminding them how God had led and cared for the Jews from the time of Abraham to the conquest of the Promised Land. – Slide 5
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‘Worship God and serve him in sincerity and truth,’ Joshua urged. ‘Choose today whom you will serve, the Lord or the gods of the nations around you. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ – Slide 6
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The people replied, ‘We will not forsake the Lord to serve other gods!’ Joshua questioned them again. The people declared, ‘We will serve the Lord.’ Joshua said. ‘You have chosen to obey the Lord. You must destroy any idols.’ ‘We will worship and obey the Lord alone,’ they replied. – Slide 7
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Joshua recorded the people’s reply in the book of the laws of God. – Slide 8
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He then took a huge stone as a reminder and rolled it beneath the oak tree that was beside the Tabernacle. ‘This stone will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word, Joshua declared. The people then returned to their homes. – Slide 9
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Soon after this Joshua died at the age of 110. – Slide 10
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Joshua was buried on his own estate at Timnath-serah, in the hill country of Ephraim. – Slide 11
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The nation of Israel obeyed the Lord throughout the lifetimes of Joshua and the other old men who had personally witnessed the amazing deeds the Lord had done for them. – Slide 12
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