Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Joshua Chapter 23
Metaphysically Interpreting Joshua 23:1-16
23:1And it came to pass after many days, when Jehovah had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, and Joshua was old and well stricken in years; 23:2that Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders and for their heads, and for their judges and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and well stricken in years:23:3and ye have seen all that Jehovah your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for Jehovah your God, he it is that hath fought for you. 23:4Behold, I have allotted unto you these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from the Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun. 23:5And Jehovah your God, he will thrust them out from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as Jehovah your God spake unto you. 23:6Therefore be ye very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; 23:7that ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow down yourselves unto them; 23:8but cleave unto Jehovah your God, as ye have done unto this day. 23:9For Jehovah hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath stood before you unto this day. 23:10One man of you shall chase a thousand; for Jehovah your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he spake unto you. 23:11Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love Jehovah your God. 23:12Else if ye do at all go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you;23:13know for a certainty that Jehovah your God will no more drive these nations from out of your sight; but they shall be a snare and a trap unto you, and a scourge in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which Jehovah your God hath given you.
23:14And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which Jehovah your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, not one thing hath failed thereof. 23:15And it shall come to pass, that as all the good things are come upon you of which Jehovah your God spake unto you, so will Jehovah bring upon you all the evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which Jehovah your God hath given you. 23:16When ye transgress the covenant of Jehovah your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods, and bow down yourselves to them; then will the anger of Jehovah be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.
July 2, 1944: Joshua 23:1-5
What is the first step in spiritual growth? Denial of the error that has already been built into consciousness and become subconscious (the wilderness).
When may it be said that “Jehovah your God, he it is that hath fought for you”? When we invoke the divine law and recognize it as being expressed by us in our undertakings.
To be most helpful to us, how should the story of the conquest and subjugation of Canaan be considered? It should be considered metaphysically as a record of individual evolution. Taken literally, the story is as depressing as the aggression with which the present war was begun.
March 3, 1946: Joshua 23:1-11
What does the courage to persist in a chosen course signify? A disciplined mind. Without the power of right desire behind it, the disciplined mind is difficult to attain. With that power the task is more easily accomplished.
How do we develop power to make our ideals attractive to others? By ourselves keeping true to the right, the good, and the true.
What banishes the fear of the misuse of power by others? Universal acceptance of the ideal of good will.
Why is faithfulness in loving Jehovah especially stressed? Because the degree of our love for God determines the extent of our spiritual progress. Love intensifies and rouses to action faith and all other spiritual qualities.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 12-28-2013