Y'hoshua (Joshua) Chapter 23

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Aleph –head; as in Creator; the head of a bull appointed for sacrifice, etc.

Y’hoshua 23:1-16 Now it came about after many days, when the L-RD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies on every side, and Y’hoshua was old, advanced in years, that Y’hoshua called for all Israel, for their elders and their heads and their judges and their officers, and said to them, "I am old, advanced in years. And you have seen all that the L-RD your G-d has done to all these nations because of you, for the L-RD your G-d is He who has been fighting for you. See, I have apportioned to you these nations which remain as an inheritance for your tribes, with all the nations which I have cut off, from the Yarden (Jordan) even to the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun. And the L-RD your G-d, He shall thrust them out from before you and drive them from before you; and you shall possess their land, just as the L-RD your G-d promised you. Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moshe, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, in order that you may not associate with these nations, these which remain among you, or mention the name of their gods, or make anyone swear by them, or serve them, or bow down to them. But you are to cling to the L-RD your G-d, as you have done to this day. For the L-RD has driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day. One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the L-RD your G-d is He who fights for you, just as He promised you. So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the L-RD your G-d. For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, know with certainty that the L-RD your G-d will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they shall be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the L-RD your G-d has given you. "Now look, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the L-RD your G-d spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed. And it shall come about that just as all the good words which the L-RD your G-d spoke to you have come upon you, so the L-RD will bring upon you all the threats, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the L-RD your G-d has given you. When you transgress the covenant of the L-RD your G-d, which He commanded you, and go and serve other gods, and bow down to them, then the anger of the L-RD will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which He has given you."

Today there can be many other gods that a believer can follow after. Money can become a god. Many believers can take advantage of others financially all the while claiming to be a follower of the Messiah Yeshua. Anything that comes in the way from putting the L-rd G-d first can become a god or idol. If we put success and making money above all things, including the advancement of the kingdom above, most of our works will be burnt. Yeshua said store up your treasures in heaven. There is nothing wrong with having things but they should not be of first importance. We should not be over concerned about worldly things. We should be more concerned about things and how to serve the King. I know quite a few believers that claim to know the Messiah but they are not set apart from the world. You cannot see any difference between them and an unbeliever. What amazes me the most is not the enemies I come across that are non-believers but those that claim to believe but do not live for Him but only care about themselves. They are their own gods. They are obsessed with self, never caring at all about whom they hurt or the other guy. They think they can get away with it or act like the L-rd G-d does not know everything we do or don’t do. One day we will have to stand before Him and give account of what we did and what we didn’t do as a witness to His name. When you claim His name and then become a bad witness by doing others wrong you only shame His name and it is not glorified. Do not associate with people such as these. The wounds of brothers in Messiah can be the hardest to overcome indeed.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 7:15-21"Beware of false teachers who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are wolves and will tear you apart. You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You need never confuse grapevines with thorn bushes or figs with thistles. Different kinds of fruit trees can quickly be identified by examining their fruit. A variety that produces delicious fruit never produces an inedible kind. And a tree producing an inedible kind can't produce what is good. So the trees having the inedible fruit are chopped down and thrown on the fire. Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit produced. "Not all who sound religious are really godly people.

Now, we are still to go into all the world and make disciples in all nations. We must also obey all that Yeshua commanded us.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, immersing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and Ruach HaKodesh. and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this-that I am with you always, even to the end of the world."

Israel as a nation will remain set apart from the rest of world but will still be a witness to the world of our need for a Messiah. They will also one day become a witness for Yeshua the son of David who will conquer the nations that come against Israel and also build and sit in the temple on earth for one thousand years. He will rule with a rod of iron.

Tehillim (Psalm) 132:11-18 The L-RD has sworn to David, A truth from which He will not turn back; "Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne. "If your sons will keep My covenant, And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever." For the L-RD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. "This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. "I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread. "Her priests also I will clothe with salvation; And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy. "There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth; I have prepared a lamp for Mine anointed. "His enemies I will clothe with shame; But upon himself his crown shall shine."

Revelation 12:5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to G-d and to His throne.

Revelation 19:15-16 And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of G-d, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND L-RD OF LORDS."

Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 9:6-7 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty G-d, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the L-RD of hosts will accomplish this.