gods with borders (1)

If it does not please you to serve the LORD,
decide today whom you will serve,
the gods your fathers served beyond the River
or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling.

Joshua’s line immediately after this is the famous one ” as for me and my family,  we will serve the Lord.” But these verses make clear what the other option is. Who do we serve if we do not serve the Lord?  The gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling. First, notice what is left out: there is no mention of idols or demons or even that these gods are false. They are simply gods with borders. The true God is opposed to the sort of god that begins or ends at the river.

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2 Comments

  1. cantueso said,

    September 21, 2012 at 3:07 am

    That is a nice quote. Where is it from?


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