Choices, Choices…, November 8, 2015

Old Testament Lesson: Joshua 24:1-15 New Testament Lesson: II Peter 1: 3-11 Gospel Lesson: Luke 13: 22-30   The great Exodus was winding down.   Forty years of wilderness wanderings – tangible evidence of the forlorn landscape of disobedience – was about to become history as the Children of Israel prepared to de-camp from the Jordan River’s west bank and cross over into the Promised Land of Canaan.   Of the 600,000 Hebrews who were led out of Egyptian bondage – to salvation of God working through His servant Moses – only 2 (Joshua and Caleb) entered Canaan. All the others died during the 40 years ‘journey of disobedience’ in the Sinai Peninsula.   Recall the basics: God led the Hebrew people out of Egypt – through the Red Sea – which then enveloped and destroyed the world’s most mighty army which was in fierce pursuit of this amazing and chaotic migration.   Once safely across the Red Sea (and into the western-most reaches of Sinai), Israel’s salvation was procured and bondage to Egypt was no longer a threat.   But after being led directly across Sinai, free will ran amok, diminishing – as it always does – connection to God –; the Israelite’s failure to choose wisely by allowing their free will to be influenced by faith cost them 40 years of misery.   You recall the story.   The Hebrews were at the Jordan River, with the Promised Land just across the way. Moses selected 12 spies to reconnoiter the land of Canaan and report back.   Upon re-convening the group, the vote was 10-2 against proceeding...