by Jerry Vines

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Old Soldiers Never Die (12 of 12)
Jerry Vines
Joshua 23-24

On April 18, 1951, General Douglas McArthur, having been recalled from Korea by President Truman, addressed a Joint Session of Congress. In that message he said some things that have stayed with us all through these years. He said, ''Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. I now close my military career and just fade away. An old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.'' Old soldiers never die.

That could well be the theme of these closing chapters of the book of Joshua as Joshua, the old soldier of the Lord, is getting ready to die. He is old, now stricken in years. In fact, we will learn in chapter 24 that he dies at the age of 110. He says in the 14th verse of chapter 23, ''And behold this day I am going the way of all the earth.'' He is on the journey home. He is on his way, getting ready to die. It's a journey all of us must take unless the Lord Jesus comes. Sooner or later all of us grow old and if Jesus doesn't come, we die and we take the long, long journey home.

There is a tinge of sadness in the words of Joshua as he affirms what God has said earlier about him. As he comes to these closing times of his life, he looks to that day in the future when he knows that he is going home to be with his Lord.

The life of Joshua has been quite a story. It's been a wonderful story. Joshua's story began with him a slave in Egypt and closes with him in a wonderful worship service in the Promised Land. What God did for Joshua is what He can do for every one of us. Our lives begin in the slavery of sin, but through a personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ, we can close our lives out in the Promised Land of faith and victory, winning battles, being victorious in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joshua is getting ready to address the people for the final time. Joshua, evidently looking at the Children of Israel as they have now settle ...

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