Note typical fulfillment: NT "Joshua" in Shechem: Joh
Jos 24: Joshua's 2nd address implies they ignored the
entreaties of the first (Jos 23).
TERAH... WORSHIPED OTHER GODS: But see Gen 31:53: Terah
did not always worship idols; he converted to become a worshiper of the God of
HORNET: Hieroglyphic symbol of the united dynasty of
upper and lower Egypt. Thutmose III had undertaken 3 campaigns against Canaan.
He extorted much wealth, leaving the land in a weakened condition (Arch Expl 25;
Dawn 58:5). Cp Exo 23:28.
"Other men labored and ye are entered into their labors" (Joh
WITH ALL FAITHFULNESS: As Jesus spoke at Shechem:
Worship God in spirit and in truth (Joh 4:23).
CHOOSE FOR YOURSELVES: "We must choose wisdom and
reject folly. We are faced with this choice every moment of our lives. All our
thoughts, words and actions fall into one category or the other. They will all
naturally be in the category of folly (and death) if we do not consciously and
deliberately place them in the category of wisdom (and life). This is the
constant battle against the diabolos -- the devil -- our natural selves. This is
the required overcoming: 'He that overcometh shall inherit all things.' He that
does not overcome shall not inherit anything. The flesh lusts against the
Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. We must diligently build up the
Spirit's lust (desire) by study and meditation and prayer, so that it is
stronger than the flesh's lust" (GVG).
That is, 'you cannot serve the LORD with a double
Cp Gen 35:2: Had Jacob's spoils, taken from Shechemites (Gen
34:27-29), been uncovered?
THE HOLY PLACE OF THE LORD: Heb "miqdash". "Shechem may
have been chosen as the site for Joshua's last great act of covenant renewal
because of its illustrious history. This is where the Lord first promised the
land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants (Gen 12:6.7). Here Jacob buried
all the idols found in his entourage in preparation for meeting the Lord at
Bethel (Gen 35:4). In both accounts an oak tree is prominent. The fact that they
presented themselves 'before God' suggests that the tabernacle and the ark of
the covenant were in Shechem at this time... Scholars are divided on this issue.
Many insist that the sanctuary was still in Shiloh (cf Jos 18:1; 22:9,12). It is
possible that the ark had been brought just for this occasion and was placed in
a temporary sanctuary. There is no clear evidence one way or the other" (EBC).