Exhortation seems a hard word, but it simply means to strongly urge to

good deeds, and this is what our artist shows Joshua to be doing.

Joshua is now an old man, and the Israelites are settled peaceably in

Canaan. He has called them before him, with their elders, and heads,

and judges, and officers. He tells them that he is old and about to

die, and reminds them of the land that has already been conquered and

divided among them, and of that which still remains to be conquered;

urging them to be "very courageous to keep and to do all that is

written in the book of the law of Moses, that they turn not aside

therefrom to the right hand or to the left." He bids them take good

heed therefore unto themselves, that they love the Lord their God; and

warns them that if they go back and do wickedly, the anger of the Lord

will be kindled against them, and they will perish quickly from off

the good land which God has given them.

In his address, Joshua said, "Ye know in all your hearts and in all

your souls, that not one good thing hath failed of all the good things

which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass

unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof." How faithful is God!

He never fails in His promises: and we are told He is unchangeable, so

that whatever He promises now He will fulfil, and whatever warnings He

gives will surely come to pass. How good is it to have this holy and

wise God for our Father, and to know that He promises abundantly to

bless all those that trust in the Saviour, Jesus Christ. But let us

take heed of the warnings against sin given in God's Holy Word.

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