Now that all the children of Israel have settled into their land, it is time for Reuben, Gad and 1/2 of Manasseh to go back to their homes on the east side of the Jordan. But before they go they decide to build a large altar on the border of Canaan, on the west side of the Jordan. Well this gets the Israelites all fired up bc the Lord instructed them back in the wilderness to only worship Him in the one place He chooses (Deut 12). Reuben, Gad and 1/2 Manasseh explain that they were not planning to worship there but that it was just a memorial for all the descendants to remember that they belong to the Lord their God. This pleases the Israelites so there is peace. We end the reading with Joshua renewing the covenant with the people. He reminds them of all that the Lord has done by doing what? He tells the Story! 📖 He starts with Abraham in the Patriarch Era and goes through to the present Conquest Era. Lastly, Joshua tells them all to put away their false gods AGAIN and “Serve the Lord!” He says they need to choose who they are going to serve, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And all the people say YES! “The Lord our God we will serve and His voice we will obey!” And they do 😃, until they don’t 😒…Joshua dies at the age of 110 ending the Conquest Era. Tomorrow we begin a dark time in Israel’s history called the Judges Era. Keep reading!
Creation Era (Gen 1:1-11:26)✅
Patriarch Era (Gen 11:27-50:26)✅
Exodus Era (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) ✅
Conquest Era (Joshua) ✅
Judges Era (Judges, Ruth) up next!
Eras to follow:
Kingdom, Divided Kingdom, Captivity, Return, Silent, Gospel, Church, Missions, and End Times/New Beginnings