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As for me and my house

November 8, 2017

Joshua 24v15

For the Verse of the Day for November 8, 2017, we find our way to Joshua 24:15 in the New King James Version:

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Notice this rendering in the Holman Christian Standard Bible:

Joshua 24:15

But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

Joshua confronts the Children of Israel as they prepare to enter the Promised Land as to whom are they going to worship: the gods of the idolatrous ethnic groups that had occupied the land that God has promised to His people or Yahweh, the true and living God.

Just as Joshua shows a relationship between serving and worshiping God, Paul also connects these concepts in Romans 12:1 (NKJV)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

The New Living Translation put it this way:

[A Living Sacrifice to God] And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

A previous blog entry pointed out a popular song from the seventies where the inimitable Bob Dylan made a profound statement: “You got to serve somebody . . . it may be the Devil, it may be the Lord, but you got to serve somebody.” Just as the question was raised by Joshua when he confronted the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, so the question is raised to believers today, “Whom are you going to serve or worship this day?”

God desires that His people worship and serve only Him. From the First and Great Commandment, He clearly states “You shall have no other gods before Me” and reinforces the message throughout the Scriptures; notably 1 John also exhorts: “My little children keep yourselves from idols.” A teaching heard years ago points out that problems arise not from the idols or “Ites” that we destroy but from the “‘Ites’ that Remain,” the title of the following poem:

The ‘Ites’ that Remain

It’s not the ‘Ites’ that you destroy

that determine your victory

but the ‘Ites’ that remain.”

Apostle Eric L. Warren

 

On the verge of the final breakthrough, moving into

The Promised Land, we encounter each enemy,

And like Caleb we claim our reward and pursue

And conquer each “Ite” in spirit, soul or body.

Though fierce as the sons of Anak, the “Ites” that remain

Shall never keep us from the ultimate victory.

As we obey, we dispel these giants and gain

A more expansive view of new territory.

We must first drive out the enemy right where we live

And displace the “Ites” that hinder our progress.

We learn never to hold back but cheerfully give

To utterly destroy the idol of selfishness.

We are willing to count the cost and pay the price

And offer our body as a living sacrifice.

John Waller offers a musical rendering of the Verse of the Day expressed in “As for Me and My House”:

As for me and my house

November 8, 2016

Joshua 24v15

The Verse of the Day for November 8, 2016 comes from the Old Testament where Joshua makes a bold declaration to the Children of Israel:

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Take a look at this rendering in the Holman Christian Standard Bible:

Joshua 24:15

But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshipped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

In a recent blog post I noted that just as the question was raised by Joshua when he confronted the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, so the question is raised to believers today, “Whom are you going to serve or worship this day?”

Paul speaks of offering our bodies as “a living sacrifice.”

Romans 12:1 (NLT):

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him

The Amplified Bible puts it this way: “. . . which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” Indeed, we can now clearly see that service is worship, and worship is service.

Here is an expression our heart’s desire to worship and serve the Lord, as we present ourselves as a living sacrifice and offer ourselves and say:

At Your Service

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Remember that the Lord will give
you an inheritance as your reward,
and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

At your service, we will gladly do all that you ask,
It does not matter how great or small may be the task.
We are not forced to serve you; we could choose to refrain,
But when we give, it is never totally in vain.
If we perform this service, then what will we receive?
Blessings so much greater than all that we can conceive.
To serve you with all that lies within us, as we should,
As Christ poured out his life’s to achieve a far greater good.
Since you ask us, yes, we are willing to pay the price.
We will go to the limit and make the sacrifice
To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Lord, all of our days,
To offer our very lives, as we consider our ways.
Our lives of devoted service forge a legacy
To inspire others as we fulfill our destiny.

We conclude our comments with Ron Kenoly singing a song based on the Verse of the Day: “As for Me and My House.”

Got to serve somebody: Whom will you serve?

November 8, 2015

Joshua 24v15

The Verse of the Day for November 8, 2015 is taken from Joshua 24:15 (NLT):

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

The Holman Christian Standard Bible also offers another rendering that is especially meaningful:

Joshua 24:15

But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshipped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

The King James Version of Joshua 24:15 asks questions as to whom the Children of Israel will serve. In actuality, Joshua is asking whom will they worship, for to serve is to worship, and to worship is to serve. A recent Verse of the Day focused on Romans 12:1, which speaks of offering our bodies as “a living sacrifice,” which is our reasonable service, or as the Amplified Bible puts it: “which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” Indeed, service = worship.

From that previous blog entry comes the following comment which also has application to today’s Verse of the Day: “Another expression of worship involves doing or serving, as we follow God’s command and make a sacrifice to do His will, to serve Him alone.”

Each day God sets before us the choice: will we choose the path that leads to life everlasting, as we choose to follow the Lord and serve only Him? Or will we choose the path that leads to destruction and choose to serve other gods. The daily choice that confronts us also brought to mind this poem:

Choices, Chances, and the Changes We Make

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed

by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is

that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 (New King James Version)

As we journey life’s highway, we all must make a choice:

To follow the path that leads to life or the way of death.

The Lord says choose life, but we must give heed to His voice

And follow the path of life each day that we draw breath.

Each day we can remain where we are or take a chance

And open up to release what we have and to give,

As we determine whether we diminish or enhance.

Only when we give in love do we begin to live.

God’s Word encourages us to be transformed, to change.

As butterflies emerge in beauty, our lives unfold.

From death to life, beauty for ashes God will exchange.

For those who walk uprightly, nothing good will He withhold.

Life is the sum of choices and chances, risks we take,

Not to be conformed but transformed by the changes we make.

I recall a popular song from the seventies in which the inimitable Bob Dylan made a profound statement that “You got to serve somebody . . . it may be the Devil, it may be the Lord, but you got to serve somebody.” Just as the question was raised by Joshua when he confronted the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, so the question is raised to believers today, “Whom are you going to serve or worship this day?” Like Joshua we also need to be resolute in our bold response, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

That commitment is powerfully expressed in this video by John Waller: “As for Me and My House:”

As for me and my house

November 8, 2014

Joshua 24_15The Verse of the Day for November 8, 2014 is taken from Joshua 24:15

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

In this case, the Holman Christian Standard Bible offers another rendering that is especially meaningful:

Joshua 24:15

But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshipped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

The King James Version of Joshua 24:15 asks questions as to whom the Children of Israel will serve. In actuality, Joshua is asking whom will they worship, for to serve is to worship, and to worship is to serve. A recent Verse of the Day focused on Romans 12:1, which speaks of offering our bodies as “a living sacrifice,” which is our reasonable service, or as the Amplified Bible puts it: “which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” Indeed, service = worship.

I made the following comment which also has application to today’s Verse of the Day:

“Another expression of worship involves doing or serving, as we follow God’s command and make a sacrifice to do His will, to serve Him alone.”

Each day God sets before us the choice: will we choose the path that leads to life everlasting, as we choose to follow the Lord and serve only Him? Or will we choose the path that leads to destruction and choose to serve other gods. The daily choice that confronts us also brought to mind this poem:

Choices, Chances, and the Changes We Make

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed  

by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is

that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 (New King James Version)

As we journey life’s highway, we all must make a choice:

To follow the path that leads to life or the way of death.

The Lord says choose life, but we must give heed to His voice

And follow the path of life each day that we draw breath.

Each day we can remain where we are or take a chance

And open up to release what we have and to give,

As we determine whether we diminish or enhance.

Only when we give in love do we begin to live.

God’s Word encourages us to be transformed, to change.

As butterflies emerge in beauty, our lives unfold.

From death to life, beauty for ashes God will exchange.

For those who walk uprightly, nothing good will He withhold.

Life is the sum of choices and chances, risks we take,

Not to be conformed but transformed by the changes we make.

I recall a popular song from the seventies in which the inimitable Bob Dylan made a profound statement that “You got to serve somebody . . . it may be the Devil, it may be the Lord, but you got to serve somebody.” Just as the question was raised by Joshua when he confronted the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, so the question is raised to believers today, “Whom are you going to serve or worship this day?” Like Joshua we also need to be resolute in our bold response, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

That commitment is powerfully expressed in this video by Ron Kenoly: “As for Me and My House:”

Joshua 24:15: Whom will you worship?

November 8, 2013

Joshua 24v15

The Verse of the Day for November 8, 2013 is taken from Joshua 24:15. In this case, I found that Holman Christian Standard Bible offers another rendering that is especially meaningful:

But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

The King James Version of Joshua 24:15 asks questions as to whom the Children of Israel will serve. In actuality, Joshua is asking whom will they worship, for to serve is to worship, and to worship is to serve. Recently my Verse of the Day blog entry focused on Romans 12:1, which speaks of offering our bodies as “a living sacrifice,” which is our reasonable service, or as the Amplified Bible puts it: “which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” Indeed, service = worship.

I made the following comment which also has application to today’s Verse of the Day:

“Another expression of worship involves doing or serving, as we follow God’s command and make a sacrifice to do His will, to serve Him alone.”

I recall a popular song from the seventies in which the inimitable Bob Dylan made a profound statement that “You got to serve somebody . . . it may be the Devil, it may be the Lord, but you got to serve somebody.” Just as the question was raised by Joshua when he confronted the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, so the question is raised to believers today, “Whom are you going to serve or worship this day?” Like Joshua we also need to be resolute in our bold response, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

That commitment is powerfully expressed in this video by John Waller: “As for Me and My House:”