Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NIPTO, Day 241

Today was a long day. (Another one? I can't remember)

Well. Yesterday was long too. I never posted about that.

School, Urban Vision (Gym, art, dinner, art, homework), ballet (toooo much ab work! haha), jazz, and modern. Whew. It was a long day, but I got through it.
Then I fell into bed.
And had a very hard time getting out of it less than 8 hours later.
Had Spanish... it went okay.
Was in study hall for a long time...
Ate lunch with Julia and Joy.
Sat in on Mom's class, annnnd did school.
Went to the grocery store and sat in the car and read.
Went into the grocery store to pick out yogurt. (Exciting, I know.)
Came home.
Did some stuff.
Ate dinner.
Went to Kaytee's last soccer game of the season.
Talked to Kaytee after her soccer game about her drama and homecoming plans.
Annd now I'm here. Warming up. (Just my toes are cold now.)

Sooooo NIPTO? Yeah.

Joshua 24:1-15
1 Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.

Alrighty. So all the leaders/official people get together and presents themselves to God.

 2 Joshua said to all the people, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Long ago your forefathers, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the River and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt.
Joshua told the people a story. Well, God told Joshua a story to tell the people. A story about how their ancestors worshiped other gods. But then God led Abraham throughout Canaan and gave him Isaac. And he gave Jacob and Esau to Issac. And so it went.

 5 " 'Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 6 When I brought your fathers out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen as far as the Red Sea. 7 But they cried to the LORD for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the desert for a long time.
Then God sent Moses and Aaron. He punished the Egyptians. And he brought them out of Egypt. When he brought them out of Egypt, the Egyptians pursued them. They were scared and cried out to God for help. He put darkness between them and brought them out of the sea. Then they lived in the desert for a long time.

 8 " 'I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land. 9 When Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor to put a curse on you. 10 But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.
He led them around and they fought people and God helped them win. God blessed them for being awesome. (Yeah. Not really, I'm just tired or something.) He blessed them because others were trying to curse them. And God saved them.

 11 " 'Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands. 12 I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. 13 So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.'
Thennn they crossed the Jordan. An amazing feat in and of itself. And the people of Jericho fought them. As did the Amorites. And about 6 other "ites."
God helped them win again and again. They didn't do it by themselves, they did it with God. He gave them land that they didn't work and cities that they didn't build. They lived and ate, but they didn't build or plant those things.

 14 "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

NOW. He told them to fear the LORD. Fear of the Lord... I just did a quick search on of "fear the lord" and Psalm 39:4 jumped out at me "Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing." 
They lack nothing. Impressive.
God told them to decide who to serve: him or other gods. 
They could choose whatever they wanted. But Joshua said (I think... or this is still God?) "as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." 
I like that verse. :)

That's all for tonight... more tomorrow. I want to go to bed early tomorrow. We shall see how that works out! Hopefully, I'll be able to blog in the morning/afternoon. I should be able to, but I'm super good at procrastinating. Like I am right now. Because I should be going to bed/be in bed.
Sooooo g'night readers! Y'all are awesome for putting up with my nonsense! :)

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