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Does Our Evangelism Really Lead to God?

January 11, 2011

“Joshua had been evangelizing Israel, pressing them to be certain to ‘serve’ Yahweh (the verb occurs 14 times in Joshia (sic) 24:14-24). He is calling them to first-commandment loyalty (Exod. 20:3). Joshua comes down with his ‘as-for-me-and-my-house’ resolution to serve Yahweh (vv. 14-15) and then Israel declares her similar resolve (vv. 16-18). And Joshua will have none of it!”

You are not able to serve Yahweh, for his is a holy God, he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your rebellion and your sins (v. 19).

“Imagine Joshua conducting an evangelistic rally. He makes his plea, presses home his call. The music starts. People begin to come forward. And Joshua rushes out, grabs the microphone, and cries, ‘No! No! You don’t understand. Get back to your seats. Better yet, go home—you really need to think this over.’ Joshua, of course, is not trying to turn people away from Yahweh but to keep them from blandly coming to him, from one of those of-course-this-is-what-we-should-do commitments. Israel must understand that Yahweh is not craving their attention but searching their earnestness. When they come to Yahweh they will meet red-hot holiness rather than gushing acceptance. They must know the sort of God they are claiming to serve. Verse 19 would serve as a splendid antidote to some contemporary ‘evangelism'” (emphasis mine).

Dale Ralph Davis, The Word Became Fresh, 21-22.

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  1. January 11, 2011 4:39 PM

    Well I have never used Joshua in an evangelist manner before. I know people were called to repent in the Old Testament. I wonder too how Noah did it. Good post,.

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